Over the weekend my azaleas bloomed. I have a few bushes in my front yard and I am always happy to see them burst into color. A true sign that Spring has arrived.
I finished this new cowl last night. I love the pattern it is the 3 hour cowl pattern by Ijeoma Oluo of Malcolm and Marcus designs. It is a free pattern so hop on over to Ravelry and print it out. It took me a bit longer than three hours as I used thinner yarn, smaller needles and cast on more stitches. I used Steam Valley Fiber, hand dyed silk yarn from deep, deep in my stash, 50% silk and 50% merino wool. I bought this yarn a million years ago when visiting Rhinebeck with my sister. I used size 8 needles, cast on 100 stitches (the pattern calls for a multiple of 4) and got knitting. I think I used about 100 yards of yarn for this project, I have some left over so I might make number two with the rest of it. It really is a fast and easy pattern and I love this yarn so it is a win/win. It is always nice when older stash yarn finally finds the right pattern to shine with.
The pattern is much easier than it looks, really just three rows over and over until you have the width you want. My next one will be longer, I might cast on tonight.
I also saw Lady in the Van, with Maggie Smith this weekend, oh my she was fabulous, although the movie was a bit too whimsical, for me it is a fascinating story loosely based on true events.
I am off to work, have a good Monday.