It’s October. I won’t mention how many days there are until Christmas, but suffice it to say, the gift knitting had better be underway. Now I know that some of you are SO on top of this and you already have a big box of knitted items finished, washed, and wrapped up carefully in tissue paper, waiting for gift wrapping. (Some day I want to be like you.) Others of us have not even started and are wondering if we even have time to knit for anyone at all this year. The solution? Quick knits. No sweaters, no afghans. I will be sharing some gift ideas over the next few weeks – patterns and yarn suggestions, for the friends/teachers/relatives on your list who get the good stuff. (You know, the handknits.)
This week, let’s talk about cowls. Here in St. Louis, the humidity makes the cold feel like it’s seeping under your skin in the wintertime. I have found that if my neck is warm, then most of the time I don’t even need a coat, if I’m just dashing from car to Loopy or car to home. I made this new cowl last week. I have to admit – it’s not a gift – it’s for me. I love cowls that button instead of smooshing down over your head and hair. These are easy to get on and off. (Having said that, I’ve also made the other kind, and will keep making those as well.)
Here are some of my favorite cowl patterns. (I know that not everyone is on Ravelry. I’ve included patterns both on and off of that site. Rav patterns have an (R) by them.) Now what I need to do is to pick out the patterns and the yarn and line them all up on a shelf, so that I can have a visual of what needs to get done before Christmas.