The Draw of the New

Yesterday morning I had another doctor’s appointment with Miss Butterfly. I’d taken Mr. Ink’s sock to work the day before and left it there. I needed a new easy project to work on while waiting on the doctor. A thing that makes me absolutely crabby without knitting. So, I pulled up my queue and decided on a project.

The funny bit is that for all my whining about the last tube cowl I knit, my choice was another tube cowl. In reality, I was looking for something super easy and I knew this would be it. Unlike the last tube cowl, this one has captured my attention quite well. The pattern is Duotone cowl.


And this is less than 24 hours after cast on, with the majority of that time being asleep or at work. Indeed it HAS captured my attention.

The yarn is handspun.

It was a particularly interesting project, as it was 60% wool/40% flax fiber. I spun it on support spindles and plied on my wheel. One fiber was orange/red and the other was blue/green. When I was done with both, I had 205 yards of one and 200 yards of the other. So, my spinning was nice and consistent. I knew they had to be paired together and the duotone cowl really seemed to be a good choice. And it is! Seeing as my interest in it hasn’t waned, this has about doubled in size since this photo yesterday.

I also managed to finish my Rivenhall scarf. All that yarn is knit up, and the ends woven in. But, it’s going to take a serious blocking, and I didn’t have the energy for that last evening. I did have energy last evening, but I spent it directing traffic so that the house would get nice and clean. (Meaning, putting my family to work. It was awesome.) Erm, to be clear, I directed traffic while I also cleaned. I didn’t just direct traffic while sitting and knitting.

As for this family, I can tell you that I got one of the load of grants due within the next 3 weeks submitted yesterday. I believe another will go in today. Crossing them off my list has vastly helped my stress level. I’ve been far more pleasant and motivated at home these past two evenings. And really, thank goodness for Friday! I am looking forward to my weekend so much! Miss Butterfly has honor choir. She was chosen as one of just 5 from her school to participate in an area state wide choir festival. She’s been learning her music for weeks, and working one on one with her choir teacher. Her teacher will take them all to a town about an hour away tomorrow and they’ll be with a bunch of other kids from around the state spending a full day practicing their music. Then we get to go out there to enjoy their performance, and bring her home. I am really looking forward to it. And, in part, because it’s a nice long drive in the new car. πŸ˜‰

2 thoughts on “The Draw of the New

  1. I love that pattern with that yarn – the perfect way to show off your beautiful yarn! I love knitting that just flies like that. πŸ™‚ SO glad to hear you have less stress at work, and grants are being submitted. Bet you can’t wait for the last batch to go out! It might call for some fiber shopping. πŸ™‚ As for Miss B and her choir – how very exciting for her to have such an opportunity. I know you are proud of her. πŸ™‚ And I hope Mr. Ink is driving to the concert so you can be a knitting passenger. Have a fun weekend and be sure to tell us all about it!

  2. That is really beautiful, I love those colors together. I get annoyed when I have to wait somewhere LONG without knitting too… that’s when it’s helpful to have socks on the needles. Easy project to take along.

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