I got some sock yarn with the Cookie A Sock Club a couple of years ago, and started to knit up a pair of socks with it, but it just didn't feel right to me. The yarn is a mix of wool and silk, and it didn't have a lot of stretch but it did have a lot of shine. It also was a bit thick for my sock preference, these days, and ultimately I frogged the sock and set the yarn on the shelf. I thought I might knit it up into a little one-skein shawl, but the yardage was a bit short for even doing that (and I hate running out of yarn before the end of a project) so it sat and sat, waiting for me to have an epiphany.
Enter the cowl.
I don't normally knit cowls, either (since I don't normally wear them) but something about this one spoke to me, especially once I came up with the idea of doing it in the lovely pink silky yarn that had been waiting and waiting for inspiration. I decided that a little shiny cowl would be the perfect thing for those cool spring mornings when you don't want to dress up too warmly for your walk to work (since the afternoon walk home in springtime is much much warmer and you have to haul all those wintery things back home with you when you just yearn to walk unencumbered through the warm sunny air.)
So I spent a few days knitting up a cute little cowl and I've been wearing it off and on. The variegations in the yarn somehow ended up as stripes, but I'm ok with that. It's still silky and shiny and drapey and warm. I may have even converted myself to a cowl person.
Randomly on a Thursday
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