Thursday, February 25, 2010

The End of Another Great Event


I've finally crossed the finish line and all of my events are done. I entered this project in the Lace Luge and my mittens were in the Mitten Mogul Event.

Pattern: Birds Nest Smoke Ring Cowl
Yarn: Madelinetosh Sock in Dahlia colorway
Needles: Size 5 & 6
Mods: Left out one repeat (my neck isn't that long). I also made an error in the second repeat where I should've moved my marker at the end of a round but completely skipped it. I can definitely see it now that it's blocked out. Can you see it?

Since this is a cowl and is worn bunched up, I wasn't going to sweat it (plus, realizing it about 20 rows later meant that I was NEVER going to knit back to fix it in a million years anyway with all those yarn overs!).

Overall, I really enjoyed this pattern. It has a chart (which would've made me see my boo-boo earlier on) and written instructions so anyone can do it. What I wasn't crazy about was the picot edging. That messed me up more than anything for some reason (and it's so EASY!). Next time I'll just knit a regular edge and crochet a scallop or picot edge on if necessary. Crocheting is SO much easier to rip back and fix for someone like me who can fall asleep while knitting.

I used the same yarn for my SIL's cowl (that was worsted weight though) and the "bleeding" issue was still pretty bad. Three rinses and it was still turning the rinse water pink. Oh well. It's lovely otherwise. I really should email them and let them know that's a bit excessive though.

I'm very pleased to be done for the 2010 Ravelympics. Now I can breathe, rest, and knit whatever the heck I want to, when I want to. It was fun, but I'm ready to be a slouch again. Go Team USA and Go Ravelympians!!


bobbi said...

Dawn, thanks for stopping by, I'm celebrating my birthday today (69) OMG! so my hubby and I are off for a little trip and i'm packing my needles and yarn. Yeah!!

knittinwolf said...

That cowl is just gorgeous! What a beautiful pattern! Congrats on finishing!! I should of stopped with the events I signed up for and been done with it, but noooooooo I had to be insane and add a shawl...a shawl for goodness sake what was I thinking???

Hoping your mom made it to doc and all is well...text me/email me/rav me....

Anna said...

Error? I don't see any error! LOL

I think this is gorgeous! And congrats on completing the challenge!

Diary of an Eccentric

StarSpry said...

Congrats on finishing your projects :) The cowl is beautiful!! What a great color!

Nat Red Knits said...

Beautiful! Just Beautiful!! Even with the boos- which I coudn't see anyway. I can't rip out YO's to save my life, for me it would have been a do over- if it bothered me.

Bubblesknits said...

That cowl is freakin' gorgeous! Love it!

knittinwolf said...

Gotta award on my blog for ya hon!