This past weekend was cold, cold, cold! As in the single digits kind of cold, but I'm not complaining because it is about time that it actually felt like Winter. I kept my hands warm and busy by knitting a modified version of the Telescope Cowl by Carrie Bostick Hoge. It is one of the Winter Cowls featured in Issue 12 of Taproot magazine. I had knit the other version, the Cable Cowl, as a Christmas gift. The pattern called for Puffin yarn by Quince & Co. and I had plenty of the Nightshade color. After failing to get the big drapey cowl that I had so loved about the Hickory pattern, I decided to modify the Telescope cowl to suit my needs. The original pattern calls for an over the shoulder cowl with an open neck. What I really wanted was something warm around my neck, so I added a third repeat of the cable pattern, added two decrease rows, then just did a whole bunch of knitting. I wasn't exactly sure when to stop knitting. I kept trying it on, attempting to visualize how it would drape. Knitting with soft and squishy Puffin on big size 13 needles was such a pleasant experience that I could have kept knitting the cowl for days! (Or as long as this frigid weather sticks around.) I stopped around 10 inches and then added a little ribbing so it wouldn't roll.
I love it! It isn't the most practical for wearing under coats, walking the dogs, or carrying the little babe, but for sitting by the fire with a cup tea, working on another knitting project or reading to the little babe? It is perfect!
Hope you're staying warm!