The yarn, Alpaca Silk by Blue Sky Alpacas, had been sitting in my stash for the longest time, just waiting for inspiration to strike. I would frequently pick it up and feel its luscious softness and admire the color that looked like liquid gold.
I have an entire bookshelf of stitch dictionaries, but my most favorite is a Japanese stitch dictionary I bought in LA's Little Tokyo, called Knitting Patterns Book 250. I cannot read any Japanese, but luckily for me every stitch pattern is charted very clearly. I came across a stitch pattern that contained everything I love about knitting: cables, lace, and garter stitch. I had never seen any other stitch pattern like it, and knew that it would be perfect for my cowl.
The process for charting this pattern was a lengthy one. While the Japanese chart was very clear, some of the symbols used were much different than what I was accustomed to. I began to draw the long chart by hand. Usually that isn't a problem, but this one was 48 rows long, and needed two pieces of graph paper.
I began knitting my cowl at my weekly knit night, and was asked all sorts of questions about it. The usual: What pattern are you using? What do you mean you designed it yourself? How can you read a Japanese knitting book? Etc, etc. I think the other knitters were amused to watch me work off this long and narrow chart that looked like a ticker tape on my lap. The next week I had made substantial progress, so I happily passed around my project to show off the lovely stitch pattern.
- The knitting isn't terribly difficult, as long as you can handle reading a chart.
- The stitch pattern looks quite impressive, especially to non-knitters.
- It doesn't take up much time or yarn, so you will be able to make a few for your most favorite people.
To celebrate her anniverary (or birthday?) I'm offering a 25% discount on the Joselyn Cowl until October 31st when you use coupon code anniversary during checkout.