Finished Cowl (Last Minute Knitted Gifts)
It's an in-progress photo of a newly completed FO (finished object):
I've wanted to knit the cowl ever since I purchased Last Minute Knitted Gifts. Sometimes the simplest things are the most classy and elegant. This cowl won't scream to be noticed, but it will be warm and luxurious.
Since it's a Christmas gift, I'm not modeling it for a photo. Right now it's blocking after a soak in Eucalan (some of the dye released, but not as much as I thought). I loved it before I gave it a bath but it's undergone an amazing transformation after its rinse-and-shaping session. I've shaped it into a taller cowl and it's amazing how magically even and pretty it makes my stitches look. Pre-blocking, my stitches looked uneven and scrunchy. I love the warmth and density of alpaca, along with the nice halo and the fine alpaca hairs that want to stick up.
For about an hour or so, I've been taking inventory of knitting projects that were gathering dust (literally) and rummaging through all my knitting bags to rescue stray projects. My swift and ball winder are getting some action today too.
Everybody tells me that they would love to knit, but they don't have time. I look at people's lives and I can see opportunity and time for knitting all over the place. The time spent riding the bus each day? That's a pair of socks over a month. Waiting in line? Mittens. Watching TV? Buckets of wasted time that could be an exquisite lace shawl. -Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit's End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much