oh, what a busy holiday. obviously the only thing i wasn’t doing was blogging!! hey, with little kids, you’re holidays are pretty much consumed doing stuff for them.

i did get some knitting done, however, and am happy to anounce my first FO for 2009!!! the beech wood cowl. originally i had cast on 124 stitches and was planning to knit the cowl extra long so that it could double as a hood. i was seeing all these really cute hoods on ravelry and thought it would be the perfect use for that velvety alpaca/bamboo yarn from kid ‘n ewe. after knitting for weeks, it was finally long enough to try it on! i put all 124 stitches on waste yarn *because i couldn’t fit the circular needle around my big dreads* and i ran to the bathroom. as soon as i saw it around my head… i hated it. it was one of those things that you see on other people and L-O-V-E, but on you it looks like absolute crap! i was pretty bummed, i still am.

since i still love the pattern, i decided to keep knitting it- as the cowl. i decided to keep it at 124 stitches, so that it wasn’t a complete waste of time and i didn’t have to frog the entire thing. i’d just have an extra-slouchy cowl.  i had to frog a little of it,  because it was already way too long for a cowl, but after that it was only a matter of knitting a few more rows of pattern stitch and then adding the border. and tada- here it is!

beech wood cowl

beech wood cowl

kyndra couldn't resist being a part of the action!