GAP-Tastic Cowl

Since I started knitting, I haven’t really stopped.

Despite weeks and weeks of clicking needles, I have little to show for my efforts. As one dear friend who use to be a professional knitter but is now an art quilter put it, “You can knit all day and only have an inch to show for it. I can go into my sewing room and BAM make a shirt in an afternoon.”

Maria Shell GAP-TAstic CowlThis is true.

Still, I am in love with the fact that you can knit any and every where. Another friend told me her friend knits while HIKING. I doubt I will ever have that level of dexterity in my fingers or legs, but it does prove the point. I asked the lady in front of me at the post office to take this picture. It is hard to do a selfie while knitting.

Maria Shell GAP-Tastic CowlPart of my problem is that I keep adding new projects to my queue. Let’s just say that my approach to knitting is very similar to my approach to quilting. I know starting one project and then finishing it is an incredibly logical and industrious method of working, but it is also kind of boring.

Maria Shell GAP-TAstic CowlThere is just too much out there. A single project does not give me enough to think about. Like with quilting, my mind trouble shoots on one project while mindless working another.

Maria Shell GAP-TAstic CowlAll of this is to say, that three months into my year of knitting dangerously, I’ve got one simple cowl finished and ready to share.

It’s call the GAP-tastic Cowl by Jen Geigley. It looks like this. It is a free pattern you can download by clicking here. More than fifteen thousand versions of this pattern have been made.

Maria Shell GAP-TAstic CowlI used about 1 3/4 skeins (about 189 yards) of Cascade Yarns Baby Alpaca Chunky Color 570 Charcoal.

Maria Shell GAP-TAstic Cowl I modified my cowl to make it smaller by casting on only 121 stitches using a US 11 Needle. I also only worked in pattern until the piece measured about eight inches wide.

Maria Shell GAP-TAstic CowlYou can read more about it on my Raverly page. How do you get your eyes to look straight ahead in a selfie? It must take some practice.

Maria Shell GAP-TAstic CowlI have been wearing it a lot and feel good to have finished something. Now, if I can only get my sleeves attached to my top down sweater–that would really be something.

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4 thoughts on “GAP-Tastic Cowl

  1. cltrice on said:

    Bring some knitting to your Ohio trip to Quilt National. You can knit in the car to and from the airport (and on the airplane!)…..

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  2. Heh. I feel your pain. Ravelry isn’t really good for the whole ‘concentration on a single project’ thing. I like your cowl!

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  3. Thank you Carrie! I know what you mean about Raverly. It brings out many of my questionable personality traits, especially my obsessive compulsive tendencies.

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