Last year I bought quite a few balls of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino in some rather delicious shades. With my blankets, I buy cheaper yarn, all odds and ends and different brands. The blankets are mostly big ones, and they get used and abused by the Bears. Buying luxurious stuff for blankets just isn't practical, so I keep the good stuff for small little personal projects.
With the Debbie Bliss yarn, I couldn't make up my mind whether I wanted to make some cushions or some sort of accessory for myself. I wanted to be patient and wait for just the right idea to strike me. It took a year, and it came in the early hours of the morning. Low light, complete and utter silence and hot milk in hand.
After dismissing the cushion idea, I decided that I wanted to make a cowl for Autumn/Winter. Okay, so that decided, what kind of pattern? I have loved doing my ripple blankets so I did think a ripple cowl might be nice. But then, looking at all the shades together, I decided the only way to go was a little granny square cowl. I had bought the yarn on a particularly lovely day trip to Winchester. The sun was shining and I sat on the grounds in front of the Cathedral, admiring my yarn, sipping a take away coffee and marvelling at how beautiful the Cathedral was.
The only thing that held me back with this project a little was a feeling of 'wasting' a lot of yarn. Making a cushion, I'd have got a lot more out of my yarn. Making granny squares, you waste a lot of yarn needing 'tails' to be able to thread in. With cheap yarn it's not much of an issue, but with the nicer, more expensive stuff, I couldn't help but feel a tad aggrieved that I was going to be throwing a big chunk of it away.
However, the end result MORE than made up for the feeling of waste.
I was drawn to these shades. I think they work really rather well together.......and I am glad that I waited to find the perfect project to use them on.
I would have done a little model for you today to show what it looked like on, but alas, I'm rocking the brightest red lips today, and there is a huge colour clash, so I'll save that for another day.
I am quite giddy with love for this cowl.
I've named it the 'Winchester Cowl', to reflect the wonderful memory when purchasing the yarn. I have a little yarn left over. Perhaps just enough to make a small pair of wrist warmers. Nothing 'sickly' matching, just something to tone in. I'll keep you posted.
In case you were interested, here are the yarn details:
Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino DK
Clotted Cream 065
Light Blue 202
Baby Pink 601
A few other details about the cowl are listed in My Ravelry Projects.