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Foliage Cowl

Here’s a quick peek at the Foliage Cowl I knit my mother in law before it gets wrapped.  This is one of those knits that is just so fun to work, it doesn’t matter if it is never worn.  I think that is my new criteria for gift knitting.  That and it being affordable yarn unless I know, know, know the recipient would want something finer.

I used 2 skeins of Wool of the Andes Bulky in wine and needles sized 6 and 8 for this.  I really like the way it looks under a jacket.  I think the designer said it could be knit in a day or two and she wasn’t lying.  I finished it over the weekend while watching seasons two and three of China Beach.   Yes, I knitted and cried about Vietnam… and then I knitted and cried about Rikki Lake’s performance in season 3.  What were they thinking putting her in that show?!

(more on ravelry, kollabora, and flickr)

This is my first knit from the Holla Knits 2014 Accessories collection, but will not be my last.  I won the yarn for Woolly Mammoth and purchased Gloss Dk for Cedar Glen Mitts.  Both feel like an after Christmas, burrow-into-the-couch-and-knit kind of treat.   Excuse me while I burrow.

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  1. Oh my gosh, that looks SO GOOD under the jacket! And such a pretty knit overall.

    How do you like WotA Bulky? I just got a bunch of it in to knit a bulky pullover, but it feels so rough, I'm a little uncertain. Considering that it'll be a overlayer for skiing, I think it'll be fine, but I'm just wondering how you find it works up and how it behaves after washing (I will be doing a test swatch, but I like other's opinions).

  2. This turned out beautiful, and making sure gifts are fun to knit is a great criterium. And I agree that it looks fantastic under a jacket!

  3. I guess I haven't used many soft bulky yarns, because it doesn't feel rough to me. I use lots of utilitarian brands, though. After having just used Brava acrylic, I'm thinking WotA bulky has good drape. I read mixed reviews about it pilling, but I've never used a yarn that didn't pill on the arms, so I think it must be normal in that respect.
    If it's for an outer layer, I wouldn't worry about softness too much. I'm interested to see what you think of it once you use it.

  4. Thanks! I enjoyed everything I made this year. Even the multiple Autumn hats never got boring because I was watching tv while I knit them. Plus, the alternative was working on Aidez- and that would never happen with the tv on.

  5. It probably also softens up after a wash – I just test blocked some WotA sport and it feels much softer than before. I've probably been spoiled by some really scrumptious yarn I've been working with, plus the City Tweed I'm knitting my Henri out of. Mmm yummy yarn. 🙂

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