If something’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right.
That credo prevails in my knitting. Thus, my recent frogging and complete re-start of the Quince & Co. Kilkenny Cowl. I was not pleased at the Knitting Time Lost. And having knitted what is essentially the body of a sport-weight sweater ~ twice ~ I was bored.
When I was finished knitting, I liked it.
Now that it’s blocked ~ it is delicious.
The difference is all in the blocking.
I’m rather finicky about blocking cowls. In order to get the shape I want without a crease, it involves working in three dimensions. Often, inverting my trusty old tin vase works fine, but this one took a modicum of creativity.
I put a sleeping pillow into a large plastic bag, lining the inside with tall pieces of recycled cardboard. After soaking the cowl in Eucalan, I blotted it, then put the bagged pillow/cardboard inside the cowl to hold it up. I pinned the cowl into the plastic and cardboard where the ribbing and the knitting meet ~ not at the bind-off: I did not want the edge to develop points. (Yes, I thought about photographing this, but it was not aesthetically pleasing and looked rather jury-rigged.)
This allowed the cowl to dry quickly, suspended gently, with no creases.
The Quince & Co. Chickadee in Gingerbread blocked out wonderfully without any special pinning out ~ the lace sectioned opened nicely. The yarn bloomed and softened a bit. The colorway looks a little washed out in these photos ~ it is richer IRL.
For the record, although I did not stretch this in any way, the yarn did relax for a much larger circumference after pinning.
Finished dimensions: Height: 14.5 inches Circumference: 38 inches. Used 3.5 skeins.
Project marriage score: 9.5
This version of the cowl includes eight chart repeats, not seven, so that I can pull it up over my head in case of need. (Thanks for that suggestion, Luann!) My row gauge tends to always be shorter than my stitch gauge, so the additional repeat compensates, too. And, BTW, I knitted the whole thing without a cable needle. About time I learned how to do that …
I am rapidly entering the WIP wilderness where it may be awhile before I have much to show you. There’s a little personal designing going on for this month’s Babydoll Southdown wool-along. We’ll see where that goes. If it’s worth looking at, I’ll show you. If it’s not, I’ll probably show you anyway.