Wednesday, January 27, 2016

A Wee Break

I needed a break from my Banded Turtleneck as the sleeves are giving me trouble and thus annoying me to no end.  So, I turned to my bin of WIPs and picked out one I thought I could actually complete in a short time and came up with the above Arika cowl by Jane Richmond.  It's very much like wearing a poncho without all the bulk.  There are two yarn strands used to "create" a bulky weight yarn in my version as I had no bulky yarn that the pattern calls for when beginning this project.  The first strand is Flax Down by Purl Soho which consists of Alpaca, Merino and Linen fibers and is so light and s-o-f-t.  The second strand is Tilli Tomas's Raw Silk 100% silk sport weight yarn. The effect of the two shades of yellow I find very pleasing as it creates more depth of texture.  Tying on all the fringe was fun and it does go all the way around the back in case you were wondering.  A very satisfying knitting project, but oddly too fast as I am not ready to go back to my sweater just yet.  Maybe it's time to go back to the WIP pile or cast on something new?

As for reading my son and I are still enjoying The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan.  It's the first book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series and it really does hook you in as a first book should.  I'm hoping to finish reading it today to find out who was the instigator behind it all.  As for adult reading, I have been reading mainly on lots of blogs/websites lots about Minimalism.  We are wanting to downsize to a smaller home and as I go along in the process of shedding possessions I need some inspiration to keep me going.  Theses guys are my favorite.  I'm writing about our process to live better with less on my other blog called Small Simple Dreams.

Joining in with Ginny for Yarn Along.


  1. I love that cowl! Must make one for myself.
    Thanks for sharing the Minimalist link. We really need to downsize. I'll also be checking out your other blog!

  2. That came out real pretty! I love the fringe.

  3. Thanks for the links, will have a look at those in a bit :) We ended up moving to a smaller house when we went from renting to owning in Sept 14. It was tricky working out how to fit things in and which things to get rid of but now we've lived here for over a year I'm finding myself wanting to get rid of more things.

    Your cowl looks very snuggly, love the tassels

  4. I love it! Must mark that one myself. Even though I am not much of a fringe person I just think this is adorable.

  5. What a fun and pretty cowl! The fringe is terrific.