Thursday November 07th 2013, 12:00 am
Filed under: Family,Friends,Knit

Small world moment of the day: when we moved here, the neighbors’ kids were all in college or their 20’s and we were the young family starting the neighborhood over.  And so it is that we knew the parents of a woman who grew up in the house two doors down who is now one of Sam’s co-workers in Alaska.

Sam and all our kids used to play with their cat. We brushed his fur once and I spun about an 18″ length out of it, plied it with silk, and knitted a 1×2″ rectangle hanging from round toothpicks with pearl beads glued to the ends to look as if it were still being knitted (it was bound off and the end glued into a little ball). I put a pin backing on it. The neighbor loved it and kept it on her fridge as a memento after that beloved orange Persian passed on.

Yeah. That neighbor.

Meantime, I was invited to something a year ago in December that I thought was going to be indoors and it was not, and I learned just how much warmth the generous cowl on my wooly sweater added when I needed it (said the woman who left her jacket home by mistake.) I’ve had a soft spot for a good cowl ever since.

I think I’ll leave the current project at one loop because it seems enough as it is. I think.  (I mean, qiviut.) But I’m curious: how do you like your cowls? One loop or two? Twisted or not? How long?

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One, loose but not pass the ahhhh shoulders, yeah that’s the word! 😉

Comment by Afton 11.07.13 @ 7:50 am

On wider cowls, I generally keep it to one loop, but if the piece is narrow (more scarf-like in width), then two or more!

Comment by Pam 11.07.13 @ 9:25 am

I haven’t worn cowls so far. I keep having the feeling that I might not care for something around my neck. Especially not something bulky. I am making a cowl now, however, so I’ll know more later.

Comment by RobinM 11.07.13 @ 10:27 am

It depends on the width. If it has more height, then loose and only one loop. If it is narrower, then longer, so I can loop it twice.

I want to be warm, but not feel like I’m wearing a neck brace. (which is easy to do, as I have a short neck.)

Comment by Anne 11.07.13 @ 12:07 pm

I tend not to wear cowls, which is silly, given how much cold weather we get. I’ll have to try it.

Comment by RobinH 11.07.13 @ 1:41 pm

Sigh. No idea. Knitting my first “infinity” cowl. Silly name since it’s not THAT long. Steve May’s Crossbones Style Cowl for The Fiber Factor. Even using the same yarn in the same color to show off the texture. But it’s 288 sts around on US4 needles. So far, 53 rounds. Pattern says 56 (plus garter edgings) but I might knit a bit more than 56 in pattern. It’s very restful to knit. Then again, the Chanukah packages have to be shipped soon…..

Comment by Susan (sjanova) 11.07.13 @ 4:27 pm

I agree – wide cowls are one-loopers, narrow can be looped more than once. A twist is nice to add some shaping, but isn’t a requirement.

Comment by twinsetellen 11.07.13 @ 9:38 pm

I make cowls, give cowls, but have yet to wear a cowl. I am thinking I agree with most of the others that it would depend on the width of the thing…though my first instinct is, ” not too long”.

Comment by Ruth 11.07.13 @ 11:41 pm

I like ’em all! I do think infinity cowls need to be narrower though.

Comment by Channon 11.09.13 @ 5:05 pm

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