The light, the flora, the temperature, the breeze, the model (Ashley), the general mood that day–these all came together for our shoot last Saturday. The light was so soft and lovely as we headed for our cars, that we decided to shoot Quince-style the Cable-y Cowl, an Osprey piece featured in Ann Budd‘s latest book from Interweave Press, Scarf Style Two. The cowl is worked in color Lichen in a textural pattern that waves along in ribs and garter stitch on a background of reverse stockinette stitch.
Ann’s book gives patterns for 26 scarf/cowl/shawl patterns, including pieces by Jared Flood, Mags Kandis, Olga Buraya-Kefelian, Katherine Alexander, Nancy Marchant, and Courtney Kelly. The collection is eclectic and interesting. My favorites, if I had to choose, would be Duplex, a clever directional piece by Laura Nelkin, Tubular Fair Isle, a stunning color study by Deborah Newton, Ann’s own Two-Tone Brioche cowl, and a traditional shawl that I especially love, Ilme’s Autumn Triangle, designed by Nancy Bush.
Cowls. I thought they might be done. But I’ve changed my mind. Why not keep them going forever? So practical when you think about it. Wear them loose for a warm back neck, wrap them round the head for more warmth and a cozy spot to bury the nose when cold winds blow. Knit them in the round if you go edge to edge, or lengthwise, like Cable-y, and graft or sew the ends together. No ends to flop around and unravel from the neck. No ends to curl. And wrong sides become interesting textures when wrapped and juxtaposed with the reverse.
So, cowls forever, I say.