A few day ago I cast on a cowl. When I started my Rav search I didn’t know that I was going to cast on a cowl. I just knew that I had some odd balls of yarn that I really want to start using up so I searched patterns in the correct yarn weight and found the cowl. I’d looked at it before and I liked it every time I clicked on it, so I thought, why not. Two minutes later the pattern was downloaded and printed and I was off to dig through my stash hoping that I would find the yarn I wanted quickly. Since my husband was home I thought it safe enough to go stash diving without the customary and potentially life saving bottle of water and protein bar. While I was in fact correct about that and only had to navigate one smallish yarnalanche, it did take me longer than expected to find the yarn I wanted.
On the way to those skeins, I came across this skein.
This arrived in the mail quite some time ago as part of a yarn club and it’s been sitting in the original envelope in the back of my stash pretty much since the moment I opened it. It’s not that the yarn isn’t fabulous because it is. It’s soft and squishy. It feels great against your cheek and in your hands. It’s the colours. These colours are not me in any way. But I came across the yarn and thought, this might actually work for the cowl.
So then I sat in the middle of my newly created mess and had the yarn I actually was going to make the cowl out of in one hand and the unloved yarn in the other hand. I stared. I asked my husband for advice. Then I did a little math to figure out how to rework the pattern for a lighter gauge yarn, (I added 12 extra rows and am repeating the lace work one extra time on each side of the center stitch), and put the yarn onto the swift and made a cake.
And now it looks like this.
It is actually working for the cowl. I think I like it and if I don’t I can use it as a Christmas gift. But when I comes right down to it, this was the only chance this skein of yarn had at being used. These moments don’t appear often and when they do, I’ve learned it’s best to embrace them. You can always ponder the oddity of the thing while you’re knitting it 😉
Pattern: zuzu’s petals