Cowl Workshop

Last week Jessica hosted a workshop on How to Knit a Cowl at DaWanda in Berlin. She generously sponsored 20 participants with her beautiful Ku’damm yarn – a 70% merino, 30% alpaca blend – in various colors with matching circular knitting needles. What a treat!

kudamm-grauA flamy red would have been my choice – most (of the all-female) participants settled for steel-grey though.

Jessica had asked me to join and encourage “knitting rookies” and that’s what I did. It turned out to be advantageous that there were two of us … for though it said in the invitation that knowledge of cast-on, knit and purl was a prerequisite to sign up, quite a few ladies showed up with less.

So we would walk around tables, explain and show cast-on methods, unravel failures, demonstrate how to purl, encourage those who needed it, and admire all progress – no matter how fast or slow.

IMG_0487 IMG_0488 IMG_0489 IMG_0490 IMG_0492 Sooner or later, the ladies would ease-in, chat, help and support each other and guidance wasn’t needed any more. And after less than two hours (!) the first cowl was done!

I really enjoyed meeting other knitters, talking to them and spending time together. Thank you Jessica and DaWanda for organizing the event, good luck to all new knitters, and all the best to the attending mom-to-be – may the cowl be ready before your baby is born 🙂

 

 

A Cowl for the Goddaughter

A third cowl. Yep. This was a “cowly Christmas” – at least in my house. And guess what! The presentees were perfectly happy.

J is modelling again (in his toy story pyjamas … please ignore that :)). I like to add that the beautiful “90% llama 10% glamour” yarn is pure fun to work with and available at Jessica’s little online store. I used less than two balls for Teresa’s cowl.

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A Cowl for Anouk

Feels like I didn’t blog in weeks (which is probably true). Instead, I have been knitting like crazy to get ready for Christmas. And – despite force of habit – about every other time I would even forget to take pictures before wrapping and making knitted things a present.

Well, here’s a cowl though, that I knitted for Anouk (9). It’s another “Before & After” with J modelling:

Zitron Nimbus

knitted cowl

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The Blue Cowl

Sunday night I really wanted to knit a cowl (infinity scarf, loop, whatever you may want to call it. By the way: is there a difference?).

The yarn was there – 2 balls of Lana Grossa’s “Mille II” in dark blue (thank you YarnCamp) – and the presentee-to-be, but no pattern. Fortunately, Jessica posted a link to the perfect pattern on her blog one year ago.

blue cowlPurl 4 rows, knit 4 rows until the end of the yarn – I love it and so does M.

blue cowl

J’s loop

J wanted a loop. It had to be “a lot of blue and some red,” it had to be long enough to go twice around his neck, and it had to be made of sock yarn. (Itchy, I know. Not for him though).

Nothing to write home about, if it wasn’t for the picture 🙂

knitting loop