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The last three days have been more frogging than knitting around here it seems. I can't find just the right project to get my mojo back, but at least I'm trying, right?
I've really been feeling this fall orangey colour that I have an abundance of in my stash and decided I wanted a fabulous cabled cowl. Something with a lot of intricate weaving cables that would keep my attention.
I started out with the Caera Cowl which I LOVE but after frogging it and recasting on about 3 times, and getting frustrated with the FIRST paragraph of directions, I gave up. It's these instructions here which do not make sense to me:
"Next row: Begin row 1 of Cable Pattern 1, followed by row 1 of cable pattern 2.
Work one pattern repeat of 12 rows of cable pattern 1, (followed by two 6 row repeats
of cable pattern 2. Remember Cable Pattern 2 is half the size of Cable pattern 1 in rows)."
does this mean I do the first row of pattern 1 ALL the way around (for however many repeats of row 1 of the pattern) and then on the next row of my cowl I do row 1 of pattern 2 ALL the way around my cowl, then I flip back and start with pattern 1 again and complete the whole chart? OR do I do one repeat of pattern1, then 1 repeat of pattern 2, etc.... I tell ya, neither looks right with the picture for me. If anyone wants to go investigate and let me know what I was missing, I'd be grateful. The comments all say it's a great "easy to understand" pattern, so maybe I'm making it more difficult than it needs to be. Sounds about right for me. lol
SO - then I cast on for the Cornflower Cowl instead (about 4 times to get the count right) and I'm half way through the first repeat, but I'm just not feeling it. If you look at the Caera again, then the Cornflower, you'll see there's just no comparison and my heart has been set. I'm thinking of maybe searching for something in another gauge that I can adapt by doing more repeats or something. We'll see.
After much frustration, it was the Mailman to the rescue! Sunday I was informed of a surprise package that came in the mail for me! It's my kit from the Unplanned Peacock yarn that I won AGES ago!! I was so delighted!!
It's Steven West's Daybreak pattern along with two skeins of fingering weight Superwash! YAY! It was the kick in the pants that I needed. I'm kind of in love with the colour combination he's wearing in that picture on the front, so I swapped out the golden-yellow colour for (what else) but a coppery orange to go with the deep brown she provided. I'm in LOVE. :)
So there's what I'm knitting on right now, between panic attacks about school starting next week.