Unraveled Wednesday.


That shawl I blogged about last Wednesday got pretty boring partway through, so I set it aside temporarily and cast on a small, palate-cleansing project.


The Pivot Cowl, in Black Bunny Fibers wool/bamboo fingering that I tea-dyed years ago.

I have cast on and frogged at least two projects with that yarn. I quite love the yarn but had not found the perfect project for it. As you might guess from its unfinished state in the above photo, I am not totally sold on this project, either.


One quibble I have is that it only used about half the skein. I am trying to use up my stash, not create more leftovers.

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Here you see its construction (reading left to right): a large garter stitch rectangle, a short stockinette section picked up from the edge of the garter rectangle, a triangular garter stitch section formed by short rows which makes the cowl lie more-or-less flat around the neck, and another short section of stockinette picked up from the garter stitch edge.

I added that last section of stockinette because it didn’t seem that the cowl was going to be long enough to encircle my (perfectly normal-sized) neck comfortably. After knitting it, I laid the cowl aside for six months rather than go through the backbreaking work of digging out my little clips and trying it on. Yeah, Lazy’r’Us.

Now that I have actually tried on the cowl, it appears that it will fit just fine. The question is, do I still want it? or should I frog it and knit something that will use up the whole skein? Stay tuned…

Continuing my stash-using-up ways, after setting the cowl aside to marinate and finishing the shawl, I knit an asymmetrical garter stitch scarf for next spring’s silent auction.

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This was going to be a Summer Camp shawl, but the scallops along the edge were a PITA, plus I didn’t think they added anything. So I eliminated them and knitted merrily on my way, thusly, in a dead-easy pattern I made up myself:

Cast on 1st.
Kfb. 2st.
Sl1, kfb. 3st.
Sl1, kfb, k1. 4st.
Sl1, kfb, k2. 5st.

Start pattern:
Row 1: S1, yo, k1, yo, knit to end.
Tow 2: S1, k2tog, knit to end.

Continue alternating rows 1 and 2 until initial section is desired length (mine was about 9”, measured along k2tog edge), ending with row 2. Cut yarn.

+Join other color. Continue alternating row 1 and 2 until stripe is desired width.+

Cut yarn. Repeat between +s until scarf is desired length or you are about to run out of yarn, ending with a stripe of the same color as the initial section. Bind off loosely.

Yarn was Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock lightweight in Jengu and Carbon Dating, the latter of which has been in my stash since 2006(!). So good to use up some of that! Knitting those BMFA yarns was a complete joy. I think I have enough left of each to make another scarf for myself; this one is for a silent auction next spring.


This was the perfect pattern to knit during the hectic months before the November election, as you will see in my next Wednesday’s post.


The only problem with this pattern is the purl bumps of the opposite color that appear on the wrong side. Stay tuned for the solution.


I started John Connolly’s Every Dead Thing, but got a notification that the latest Robert Galbraith/J.K. Rowling book had arrived for me. Connolly went back to the TBR pile forthwith, and I started Lethal White. Currently I am about 3/4 done. The pretext of the plot seems rather weak to me, but the writing is very good. I’d give it my standard 3 stars if I had to rate it today.

In my ears is Imperial Twilight: The Opium War and the End of China’s Last Golden Age. It is very interesting and educational, since I knew exactly nothing about 18th and 19th century China. I have been listening to it for about a month, mostly in the car, and am almost up to the actual Opium War. Yeah, it is a long book.

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8 Responses to Unraveled Wednesday.

  1. Silvernfire says:

    Oh, the suspense about the red cowl! What’s the pattern?

  2. Kat says:

    I really am enjoying the Galbraith/Rowling Cormoran Strike books! I can’t wait to see where he and Robin go next!

    And, I love that shawl… the shape is so wearable!

  3. gayle says:

    Well, if it only uses half the skein, then make two cowls and donate one? Or use the leftovers in another of those nifty scarves. (And thanks for your pattern! Love it!)

  4. k says:

    I love your shawl pattern. I will put it into the binder full of projects. (I almost made it without being *that* person .( . )

  5. Nicole says:

    Nice pattern! I think I’ll have to make one (once I get some current WIPs off the needles). I’m curious to see what your solution to the purl bumps is… I have a few thoughts, but I’m not sure if they match yours.

  6. I can see the construction well. Oh I like it very much. I would not frog it !!!! But it is up to you! I think it is lovely

  7. =Tamar says:

    Make a matching hat?

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