I’d like to mention that cashmere is not included in my rule (if I make one for me, I have to make one for my Etsy Shop). These are for me!
Yes, it’s still chilly and I’m still knitting hand warmers!
I had three skeins of Mountain Colors 100% Superfine Cashmere in colorway Moose Creek that I have been hording since about 2006. What to do with 285 yards of seriously luxuriously (and expensive) yarn?
I’ve been pondering, lo, all this time. Perusing an Elsebeth Lavold book (Book #17, Small Things Matter) and seeing the Malin pattern for a cowl, my search was over!
I did a shorter version because I knew I would never pull it over my head for a hood and that left me one skein for some hand warmers.
The lace pattern causes a collapse effect that is perfect for a cowl.
Admittedly, I ran out of yarn and the last 1/2″ at the fingers and thumb is finished off in Shepherd’s Wool Fingering in Midnight Lake. It blended so well I decided I did not need to rip them out and do a re-do.
Shocked all my knitterly friends, that.
And I used a different lace pattern for these than was on the cowl. I found one that was similar but a smaller scale in my favorite pattern reference, 365 Knitting Stitches a Year Perpetual Calendar by Martingale Publishing (as usual, you can find this and other of my favorite books in my a-Store, click on My Book Store under the Pages section on the side bar). The pattern I chose for the hand warmers is called the Little Fountain Pattern and it’s on February 11.
I had to throw in one more picture of the cowl – it’s just so pretty and soft! 🙂