I hate to freak anyone out, but there are now only 23 days until Christmas. I’m a little freaked out, but despite having a growing Christmas list, last week I decided to cast on a new project, something just for me. Maybe I’ll count this as my Christmas present to me?
On Wednesday, I cast on the A Noble Cowl by Emily Kausalik in some Madelinetosh Tosh Merino DK yarn I bought a couple years ago. The yarn has been sitting on my shelf forever it feels like, and it was just calling to me. It said, “Knit me now! I’m ready!” After a hunt on Ravelry, I picked the perfect project for it, and I’m so happy with the results.
A Noble Cowl is a free pattern on Ravelry, and it’s one I definitely recommend. The pattern was very easy to pick up, and the cowl knit up really quickly. My only complaint is I wish the pattern had been charted. I’m a chart girl. Charts give great visuals to how the pattern will turn out. I love just glancing down and seeing exactly how things should look. Especially when the pictures don’t really show off the pattern, like with this one. I had no idea what these shields were going to turn out like.
I did mess up, though. See those holes down each shield? Yeah, they shouldn’t be there. Gauge issues. I fought between a couple different sets of needles, and my decreases just didn’t sit right. They didn’t clean up in the blocking either, but got worse. So, I’m taking them as design features.
I have been tracking my knitting progress this year with Knit Meter, which you can spot on the right-hand side of this screen. I’ve been hovering in the upper 9.0s for a while now, and this cowl sent me over the 10 mile mark. That just blows my mind! I have knit approximately 17,827 yards this year, and I’m not done yet. I kind of want to cast on something new in celebration.
“But I can’t!” Says that little voice in my head. Christmas is only 23 days away, and I have 5 1/2 hats left. No, this wasn’t any procrastination on my part. I asked people a couple of months ago what they wanted, and they only just now got back to me. Luckily, I’m a fast knitter. I know I can get these done and sent out in time as long as I buckle down and focus. Next year, I’ll make up a new game plan so this doesn’t happen again.
Are you ready for the holidays?