I was completely surprised with myself this past week. I knit up the kids cowls in two days. Jack’s really only took me an hour. It was by far the best project I have done in a while! And, the kids were excited about them! Emma hasn’t taken hers off since I made it for her, and that makes me happy considering these are also the kids that seem to think it is summer all year ‘round and there is no need to wear warm clothes, even if it is -10 degrees outside.
For Emma’s, it is just a simple basket weave pattern, k5, p5 for 5 rounds, and then p5, k5 for 5 rounds. I am not sure how many stitches I started with. It ended up being perfect for her to wrap around her neck twice. She loves the pink sparkles, and so do I! Even though I wanted to get a wool that wasn’t as bright for her, she pressed me for sparkly pink. I think she must have known deep down that I would need that bright color to knit with during all the cold dark winter weather we have been having.
Jack’s cowl is just a basic garter stitch. I wasn’t entirely sure what kind of a pattern would be good for a boy’s cowl. Most of the cowl patterns that I see are so lacy and pretty, decidedly not for a rough a tumble three year old boy. I was happy with how it came out, although it definitely is not stretchy enough to fit him next year. It also doubles as an ear warmer/head band type thing, which I am sure will be nice when it is a little warmer outside, but still chilly enough to want your ears covered.
I can’t lie, I was expecting these two cowls to take me quite a bit longer, I mean, all of my knits usually take forever. But, with the start of our quiet time practice again, I have a bit more time to sit and knit if I choose to. And that is what I have been choosing to do! Now, I am not sure what to knit. I will have to look at some patterns to see if there is something new that I can work on. I have some spring/summer birthdays coming up, and probably should think about that as far as my knitting projects go…or maybe I will take a step out and knit something for myself!
As far as reading goes, I just finished a book called Cornerstone. It is a young adult novel about a teenager who doesn’t realize her family is part of some great community of people that take care of all the life on earth. I can’t write much about it without giving huge plot points away, but it is a good read, and I am ready to move on to the next book in the series. I also think I am going to get the Colorado Kid by Stephen King and read that, since I have to wait until next fall before Haven starts up again. I have heard mixed reviews, but still think it will be worth reading. It isn’t long.