My First Finished Knitting Project

Finished the Elis Cowl. Decided I’m going to gift it to a friend after I block it and run a lint brush over it. I’m really happy with how it turned out, and yay for it being my first finished knitting project!

Elis Cowl completed

Elis Cowl completed (Instagramed)

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Finally Using My Leftover Yarn

While waiting for the extra yarn to arrive for my Doctor Who scarf, I needed something to knit. My hand were seriously getting antsy with nothing in my hands while watching TV. I’ve pretty much run out of my craft allowance for the month, and as much as I would have loved to join a KAL (knit-a-long), I’ve been trying to figure out a way to use up the rest of the Cascade Yarns Venezia Sport yarn I bought for the cowl I crocheted.

I started browsing Ravelry.com (oooh, big mistake!) I had to bookmark every nerdy and cute pattern I could find, while actually looking for patterns that would use my surplus yarn. First, I found a hat to make for Richard. He said he liked the leftover green and white yarn I had, so I started a sample swatch to make sure I could actually do the 2 x 2 ribbing. Yay, success! Okay, let’s cast on. What I didn’t realize was that I needed to use circular needles that I could reach all the way around with. My 24″ circulars are a wee bit long for the hat. (Later, Mom said I should be using double-pointed needles [DPNs], so maybe I’ll go that route when I actually do start the hat). Like I said, I’m out of my craft allowance for the month, so even if I did go to the craft store to get some smaller circulars, I’d want to pick up yarn to join in the KAL, so I had to devise another plan for my yarn.

Setting aside the green and white for Richard’s hat, that left me with over 150 yards of the peacock blue yarn. I happily settled on the Elis Cowl, which would help me learn to knit-in-the-round and learn a new stitch too! The Indian Cross Stitch technique is very pretty when executed well, but it was a littleĀ intimatingĀ at first. Thankfully, there’s YouTube, with a collection of instructions on all the knitting stitches I’ve ever needed to look up! In three nights, I’m about a third of the way through, with a goal to complete it by Monday, when my yarn shipment arrives. I’m pretty happy with the way it’s turned out so far. It will look a lot better when it’s blocked, I’m sure!

Elis Cowl

Elis Cowl (Instagramed)

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