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Thursday
Feb112010

a little bit of knitting

we had close to 20 new inches of snow yesterday, along with hurricane force winds.  our electricity went off again (it's back now, thankfully), and school is closed until tuesday.  we were supposed to be in florida visiting grandparents this weekend, but clearly we're not.  and really, it's all good.  we're home.  we're safe.  we're warm.  we're healthy.  we're together.  we've had plenty of cinnamon buns.  we have a guy coming on monday with a generator.  it's all really really really good.

i love this hunkering down.  i love spending long lazy days together.  i love that my kids have the time to untangle themselves from all of the have-tos of their daily lives and get to just be without the need to be anywhere or do anything.  i love the same for me.  for all of us.  it's a gift, these days.  

anyway, i hope i haven't made too much of this knitting business.  it's just a little cowl, but i love it.  

my cowl.

unless you've been reading this blog for a loooong time, you likely don't know that i knit.  but i do.  sort of.  i'm a super boring knitter - i like projects that don't require me to pay a whole lot of attention so that i can knit while i do other things.  i especially like to knit on car trips, during movies, and while waiting - for children or doctors or meetings.  not to mention the fact that some months i knit, other months i don't.

my blurry cowl.

i've been knitting this cowl for the better part of an age, but i finished it last week and i've hardly taken it off.  it's the delores park cowl, which i originally found via shari.  i used malabrigo (my favorite yarn ever) chunky in indigo (such a stunning color).  the pattern calls for a single skein, and i was just a bit short so i eliminated one row as the pattern suggested.

the saddest part of this snowstorm is that our mail service has been suspended, which means that the yarn i ordered to knit another cowl hasn't yet arrived.  the delay has given me just enough time to think that maybe - just maybe - i'd like to knit a larger cowl next time.  if you have a suggestion for a pattern for a larger cowl, would you let me know?

Reader Comments (15)

it looks wonderful! (yes, i think we are the same kind of knitter!) xo
February 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertracy
that is the perfect blue on you. I'm a bit jealous of all this hunkering down and waiting out the snowstorm business. I know I'd probably get cabin fever just like everyone else, but it would be nice to slow down and hang out. Make the most of it!
February 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterblair
What a beautiful blue. Yeah, you knit it!
February 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMama Urchin
Enjoy it! I could even use something like that here in LA. Cheers!
February 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKelli Saperstein
If you're on ravelry, start looking. I'll send suggestions when I have time to look if you're not. Your cowl is lovely; those are the types of knitting projects I like too; short and sweet and uncomplicated directions.
February 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRose
you in blue, i love it.
February 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermommycoddle
I just knit the same cowl too! I had mine done to wear for the blizzard which was quite handy! I made one for my mom too. Enjoy yours!
February 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSusan
The blue you selected is beautiful and looks lovely with your eyes. I don't like to pay too much attention while knitting. I need projects that have a nice rhythm, not too many twists or turns.
February 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDenise @ Chez Danisse
that is so pretty on you, emily!and i wonder if you could just knit the same cowl using super chunky yarn? just a thought.
February 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commentererin
perfect blue! check ravelry -- you'll be inspired by cowls (and yarns) beyond your wildest imaginings.
February 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercloth.paper.string
oh, cripes. does this mean i need to start knitting? why, yes. i think it does. i love that cowl. xo
February 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbetsy
okay... i absolutely love it.and i too LOVE the no schedule. i just wish they would tell us that we don't have school... before our 4:30 am wake up calls! yes... they call at that hour!!!can you believe that i haven't ever used malibrigo? i heard it pills terribly (please let me know) so i have steared clear... although the feel is so yummy that i may need to put that concern on the back burner.i actually don't think you need a pattern to go bigger... just do a measurement of how "loose" you would like it to be... do a gauge... see how many stitches per inch... multiply that by the number of inches wide you want it... and cast on baby!!! :)
February 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterleslie
I haven't been reading your blog for a very long time, so I didn't know you knitted. Or what you looked like. I love that blue on you.

I'm not a knitter, but look at this:

http://36shea.blogspot.com/2010/02/love.html

She might have answers.

-maria
February 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commentervintage simple
You're my kind of knitter, then. I've been working on a pair of "Toasty" gloves for a year now. I made 5 pair in a row and was done with them for Christmas 2008, then was asked to knit 2 pair as a gift for someone else. And I'm still knitting them, because as easy as they are, I'm ready to move on to something else. Or...not knit at all, which has been true most months this year. I keep thinking I should challenge myself with my knitting, but I like the mindlessness of easy knitting too much!

And the blue Malabrigo looks gorgeous on you.
February 16, 2010 | Unregistered Commentererica
I pretty much just finished this same scarf. It is the third time I have knit anything... what a fulfilling feeling when you finish! I do love the color of yours... mine is mustard.
March 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercarly

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