I spoiled Christmas. My daughter didn’t have class that day; so when I saw it was neither stormy nor smoky from the marsh fires, I grabbed her for a few photos of one of her Christmas gifts from me: the Arbutus cowl and Becca’s Boot Cuffs.
First up: the cowl. Did you recognize it from Jane Richmond’s Island? It’s my first knit from the book, but will not be my last. I want to make everything in it before the next year is up. I’m particularly excited about knitting Strathcona in a colorway inspired by the downtown square of my favorite city to have lived in.
It is so rare that I make something without one single hitch. Okay, I did twist my cast on row when joining to work in the round the first time; otherwise, this cowl was cinchy.
I used a long, size 3 circular and magic looped this. Check out the tiered construction! So cool. When my daughter requested it, she actually thought it was a thin, doubled cowl in the photo. As I began working on it, she was doubtful. I think she was afraid it was a balaclava.
The City Tweed dk was a really good substitute for the suggested Madelinetosh. In fact I prefer the softness of alpaca and the look of tweed. The alpaca blend feels so good against the neck and is a little more drapey than wool would be all by itself. That drapiness made this cowl work so well.
Of course, after she tried it on today I had to wrestle her to get it back for gift-wrapping.
Now, about those boot cuffs. They were designed by one of my Ravelry friends, Rebecca Gunderson. You may think I’ve become the crazy boot cuff lady since I’ve made so many. This is my last pair to knit as a gift. (I still have to make my own.
I used City Tweed Aran in the same color, blue blood. The properties that made City Tweed so perfect for Arbutus, made my boot cuffs too loose. So, I reduced the number of stockinette stitches by four.
The funny thing was, my daughter was wearing shorts and a tank top when I asked her to take photos with me. (We live in the humid south.) She pulled the cuffs on over her flip flops, up to her shins, and called them flip flop cuffs. We laughed at our white trashiness, but before we were done taking these photos the temperature dropped like 15 degrees and it did become boot weather.