This year, I made one for my birthday. For me!
My Kind of Cowl, designed by Trish Woodson
- Imperial Yarn bulky two strand pencil roving, dyed charcoal color, two skeins, 100% wool
- US size 11 needles
- 38 stitches, knit for 42 inches, grafted (That's the whole pattern, really)
- on Ravelry here
The pencil roving makes a wonderful, warm, lofty piece, but it is tricky to knit with - it's better to avoid quick tugs or tight knitting. It is REALLY tricky to graft with. I used some good instructions for garter kitchener stitch, but then got it backward. I could show you, but I won't. I'm not fixing my mistake, because I don't think the roving would hold up to a re-do. Even with twisting the roving often to keep it from wisping apart, I had to splice the grafting yarn back together fairly often. This is a great piece of knitting for a beginner, but I'd suggest a beginner use a more constructed yarn. On the other hand, if you're NOT a beginner, give this pencil roving a try. I'm very happy with my cowl.
Another bit of birthday happiness was waking up to this photo in a text from my daughter -
Dilys, being worn in Italy. Happy.