Thursday, October 01, 2009

back to basics (again and again)

Well, I really thought I'd at least be able to squeeze out another post still in the month of September, but well you know how that is it October already???

Today marked the first morning I've actually had to wear MITTS in the car on my drive in to work (ok they were fingerless, but still that steering wheel was FRIGID), and I know that it's unseasonably cold around these parts right now, but today is definitely a day for snuggling under my big down comforter with a mug of tea in hand and a good book.

And casting off on some cozy alpaca just in time.

There's not a lot I can say about this scarf, apart from the fact that it's very simple, and gorgeously soft and will no doubt get tons of wear. It's taken me a while to knit simply because it's been my "at work" knitting. I'd bust out a couple rows every lunch hour or so on 3.25mm needles. Many times at work I would hear "you're STILL knitting that?!" Really, where do the non-knitters get off criticizing? But now that it's done I'm back to crosswords until I come up with something similar to taunt me at my desk every day.

The yarn is from Bonne Mines, a local Alpaca farm in Quebec, and was a gift from my sister. I think I cast on 40 sts and the border is about 7 sts of seed stitch both sides. I used up the full two hanks.

Now, that said I am definitely allergic to it. But like all animals (my own pets included) you learn to live with what you love. And you learn to live with what you love stealing your scarves from you as well:

Now, in cowl news...y'all KNOW how much I love a good cowl. It's the one thing I've consistently knit and worn over and over since the beginning of my knitting career. As knitters we've long been doing the cowl thing. Have you noticed this year that they appear to be everywhere in fashion?

I meant to scan a few pics from the last Vogue (but as with most things lately never got around to it) as there are quite a few awesome chunky cowls from designers in there. And really, why pay $500 when you can just knit your own? Granted, things seem to be taking on larger, more "snood-esque" proportions this year. In fact miss knit lit just posted about this very thing as well. (head on over there and check her out if you haven't already, her eye for fashion is amazing!)

Though I am currently digging the ├╝ber-simplicity of this cowl spotted on Mila Jovovich at a Louis Vuitton show:

That would definitely go up likety split. I do find the bind-off a bit strange though --would it not have looked nicer to bind it off "in pattern?", but then I guess I'm no designer and that's why I'm not smart enough to get rich off these things.

Rodarte Fall 2009

via doucement le matin

Dries Van Noten Fall 2009

Anyway, you get the idea. Cowls aside it seems like the chunky knits are everywhere for designers this year.

And if you ARE looking for a cowl of your own to knit but would rather have an amazing pattern already thought out, allow me to plug this amazing 'lil number from my friend Michele over at knitting is kneat-o.

Only 4 bucks on etsy for this gorgeous snood! I'm headin' there now myself...

There's a lot of cute knitwear out there this season (yet I don't seem to be doing much knitting myself these days--what's up with that?) but I think that all deserves another post of it's own. We'll all be gearing up for some Christmas knitting soon and I for one know that I could use as many fresh new ideas as possible!


Anonymous said...

Oh, I love that scarf. I'm allergic to alpaca too but I can't handle the sneezing. :(

Deviated Septum said...

I had to wear mitts biking today too. It's all of a sudden gotten so cold. I love those cowls.

littlebirdbigcity said...

I love those chunky cowls. That sounds like the perfect thing to knit right now, something quick and easy.

yodafatkitty said...

Oh yeah...this will be knitted here very, very soon!
So cool! Can't wait to get started!
Thanx for sharing it!

Julia said...

I'm totally going cowl crazy myself! Let me get back to you with some patterns...

kgirl said...

bad luck being allergic to the alpaca :( I have a very mild reaction to it, just tickly nose, which I can put up with...

and the cowls, how much do we love 'em?! Once again, knitters leading big fashion, I say - wonder what we'll all come up with next year?

Erin Wallace said...

I really like your scarf. It's simple and I like that. And I'm digging the cowl thing right now. They are great and I've always found them quite stylish. That chunky knit one is great - have to knit one!