Green As An Emerald ~
Soft as butter. I found this Nuna yarn at YarnWorks in Gainesville when I was looking for a yarn for a different project. I thought my Mother would love something made from this. The color is so rich, and it feels so soft and smooth. It’s made from 40% Merino Wool, 40% silk and 20% bamboo sourced Viscose. I didn’t give much thought to the pattern at first because I have a “go to” favorite cowl pattern. I realized my mother has a few made from this pattern already, and she may be ready for something different. There’s a cowl that sits in Yarnworks made from another pattern, and I admire it from time to time. I decided to give this one a try, and bought the pattern along with the yarn.
The pattern is a “worksheet” pattern, written by Ann Norling. You make a gauge swatch with your yarn, then take your gauge and compare it to the worksheet and follow the instructions for what you’re looking for, how much yardage you have and your stitch count. It sounded daunting at first until I realized that I made a pair of mittens the same way with less instruction. The pattern could not be easier. There’s a copy write for the pattern, so I can’t share it, but it’s super easy. It starts and finishes with a band of stockinette stitch, and has alternating bands of rib with a little something in between. There’s a nice flow and rhythm while knitting this cowl, it makes a great TV project. I was able to comfortably knit this when my power was out for several hours, using an Aladdin Lamp. I felt like I slipped back in time temporarily.
Buying this yarn in a skein and winding it into a center pull ball gives me a chance to really get a look at this yarn. Now I wish I bought one in every color, but I don’t think they’re going to run out any time soon. I cast on the amount of stitches my swatch and the worksheet call for, and the rhythm of this pattern takes off. I try to cast on and bind off as stretchy as I can. I used a long tail cast on, and I bound off by k2tog through the back, sl st to left needle, and repeat until one remains, run tail through, weave in ends. I blocked it by giving it a good soak in warm water, wrapping it in a towel, and using a blocking mat, wires and T-pins according to the target dimensions. I left it to dry completely, I was happy to see the rows of stockinette stitch lay flat – I love stockinette stitch, but hate the curl. Hmmm, maybe I need a new cowl too.