Anyway, while I'm normally fairly immune to your run-of-the-mill fashion trend (for instance, I can pretty much guarantee you won't see me wearing any neon coloured skinny jeans this summer), I do tend to fall down a wee bit when it comes to knitting trends. I mean... I've knit a Clapotis, a Noro Striped scarf, not to mention a few Stephen West patterns. It was only a matter of time before I started to get the cowl bug.
When I cast on, I had visions of a long, chunky, over-sized neutral cowl that would - in my mind, anyway - instantly transform any outfit I was wearing into something a hip, young, twenty-pounds-lighter 20-something model would wear to grab a latté before running off to the museum of modern art with a group of sassy friends. You know... like something out of a Brooklyn Tweed photo shoot.
Not quite sure I achieved that goal (ahem!), but I did wind up with a pretty gosh darn nice cowl, if I do say so myself.
Pattern:Lispenard, by Kirsten Kapur
Yarn: Mission Falls 136 Merino Superwash, colourway 003
Needles: 4.5 mm
I've been wearing it pretty much non-stop since I finished it about a month ago. It may not magically transform me into a gorgeous-if-somewhat-twiggy worthy of Jared Flood model, but it keeps me nice and warm without making me look like a Crazy Knitwear Lady (you know what I mean). And that's good enough for me.