Feb 3, 2010

Staying Warm With a Tuesday Night Cowl

Yesterday I heard one of the weather people say that we have already had more snow so far this winter than in the past 3 winters combined. And that was before we added about 5-ish more inches to the tally last night. The fresh, fluffy, white, snow does look pretty and it's certainly better than seeing my nasty, strawlike lawn.

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Usually I welcome the snow. I know that I'm in the minority there but I just love to watch it fall and if it keeps me home watching movies and knitting instead of running around doing errands - so be it. Right now though, the snow is stressing me a little because they're predicting a wicked storm for this weekend which could cause big problems for us. See... we are supposed to be at a family event in another city this weekend. Non-refundable dresses and gifts have been purchased etc, etc. We must be there! I acknowledge that the snow is likely to keep our cars parked at home but, where there's a will there's a way. I'm stubborn like that.

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No matter if we stay or go, I know I'll be warm because I have a lovely new cowl to wear. It's the Tuesday Night Cowl by Susan Lawrence.

IMG_3008[1]I already had a cowl, made out of my handspun a little over a year ago, which I was wearing a lot. It was nice and soft and working just well enough to make me wish I had one that worked better.

I know that some people aren't fans of cowls but there are many positives to them. They're small enough to tuck in a pocket or a bag and go on so fast without long ends that might drag or get in the way. Ideally they fit right up against your skin and cover your tender throat so that even if you're running around with your jacket unzipped *ahem* you're not quite as cold and exposed.

The problem with my old one is that the ends - both top and bottom - roll excessively. It's still pretty warm and really nice and soft but I wanted something that would really keep me warm.

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I loved the Tuesday Night Cowl immediately. I saw it's poential for keeping me warm and, as an added bonus, I had 2 skeins of Manos that had been marinating in my stash for about 3 years that would be perfect for it. It is and it isn't. It turns out that the Manos is a little scratchy. not fatally so but jus enough to be noticeable.

The pattern is really clear and I knit it up in 3 nights. After a good soak and a few days spent drying it was ready just before last weekend's storm.

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I wore it everywhere and I can say without a doubt that this pattern is a winner. The folds created by the cabling are wonderful for trapping heat and keeping my neck warm. Mostly I wear it scrunched down but it could easily be pulled up to shield my lower face too. So versatile!

Stay warm!

6 comments:

Cursing Mama said...

OOH! It's so pretty

Carole Knits said...

I knew that's what you were knitting! Looks great. Sorry about the snow prediction for this weekend. I hope you make it to your destination.

margene said...

We'd love your snow! Susan does good work and you do, too!

susan said...

Love the way it came out!

Julie said...

Very pretty. I keep meaning to knit a cowl, but haven't yet. This looks like a nice one to start with.

I hope you are able to make it safely to your event this weekend!

Sarah said...

What a wonderful warm knit!