Another week has passed with a blink of an eye, or with very tired eyes as mine feel right now. I hate to admit it but I think I am getting too old to keep up this pace with work, and of course Christmas to get ready for. I. Am. Tired! Okay enough moaning. I do have a finish and I actually have a name for it. The Kaleidoscope Cowl was inspired by the Rhinebeck Scarf, designed by Carolyn Bloom. I made all the circles I could with this beautiful yarn from Cephalopod, using Carolyn's pattern. The yarn is Bugga! in the colorway Sochi Pride, to honor the Olympics. It was a gift to me and I have been saving it for the perfect project. I think I found it with this cowl.
I made 42 circles and lined them all up to see what I could make. I tried a scarf and did not like the look of it, and did not have enough circles for a shawl, so I decided on a cowl instead. I looked and looked in my stash for a border color and could not find one that went well, so off I went to the yarn store last Saturday. I found this beautiful Queensland Collection United yarn in the color Acunite. I think it is a wonderful contrast to the colorful circles I was so excited about this cowl I made two of them. One is for a gift. One cowl has 20 squares and the other has 22. I used a size I hook, which is pretty big for this sport weight yarn, to make the cowl drape better. I altered the pattern and made a different border because I felt a simple border around each circle would work better for me. After the squares were joined as I went along, I made a simple dc border on both sides to finish them both off. Total yardage used was 675 yards. And I have another gift to give a dear friend, hooray! I am planning on making another cowl and fine tuning the pattern a bit. I love both of these but think I can do better.
A few more Santa's to show you. The last on is one of my very favorites. He is a fabric doll and sits on my Dad's old tricycle. I am not sure who painted this bike red but it is just perfect. It has metal wheels and a wooden seat and handles. It is tiny. My Dad must have been a baby when he was on it. The tricycle sits on my mantle year round, it is one of my dearest possessions.
Hope you have all had a great week. I hope to catch up with you soon. If you are in California I am so sorry you are dealing yet again with horrible fires. Stay safe!