I shared my last cowl/mitt project with you a couple of weeks ago. I knit it with Prism Merino 12 and Plume, which are both soft and wonderful! I wanted to knit up a quick one-skein Merino 12 cowl on its own, too, and this is what I came up with. It should only take you a couple of hours and one skein of Merino 12.
Merino 12 Quick Cowl
Cast on 72 stitches on a size 11 (8.0 mm) 16″ circle needle.
Row 1: [K2, P2] all the way around.
Row 2: [K2, P2] all the way around.
Row 3: [K2, P2] all the way around.
Row 4: [K through the back loop of the second stitch on the left needle. Leave that stitch on the left needle and knit through the front of the first stitch on the left needle. Then pop both stitches off the left needle. P2].Continue this pattern all the way around.
Knit until you have just enough yarn to do a bind off row and you’re done.
K = Knit, P = Purl
Here’s a new recipe that Knitting Daughter has tried out on us a couple of times now, with rave reviews. Great for breakfast, or your mid-morning coffee break.
Gourmet Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 Tbl. instant coffee
1 Tbl. hot water
1 1/3 cups mashed bananas (2-3 bananas)
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/4 cup sugar
1 cup chocolate chips
Sift together flour, soda, salt and baking powder.
Dissolve coffee in the hot water and add to the mashed bananas. Beat together the butter, egg, sugar and banana mixture. Add in the flour mixture.
Fold in the chocolate chips.
Bake at 335 degrees for 30 minutes. Makes 18 muffins.
I’m not a big fan of novelty yarn. In fact, there is really only one that I remember liking in the past. I bought it in a yarn shop on vacation one time. It was soft and fluffy and made the most wonderful scarf! I liked it so much that I emailed the yarn shop where I had purchased it to ask if I could get more. They never answered me. The good news is that I have found something similar from Prism, along with a pattern for using it as edging on cowls, mitts and hats. I wish you could feel this! When our Prism rep came wearing the cowl last winter, we all loved it and wanted one. So tonight, we finally have the yarn ready. These would make great (quick) gifts. I did the mitts in one evening and the cowl in a second night. Now I’m contemplating all of the other color options to see which one to make next. (Shown here in Smoke.)
Click on the photo to see the yarn up close. This Merino 12 has to be one of the nicest yarns I’ve used in a bulky weight. It’s twist gives great stitch definition. I think it would be great for quick scarves and hats, and wonderful for a sweater. (Or how about a Chickadee Cowl?)
You can make a cowl plus mitts with 2 skeins of Plume (the fluffy stuff) and one skein of Merino 12. If you want to also make the hat that comes in the pattern, you’ll want to add in another skein of each. If you order Plume plus some Merino 12 and would like the pattern, we’d be happy to include it for free with your purchase. Just leave us an order note telling us that you’d like it included. I have plans to make some more of these for gifts. The colors are gorgeous, as is always the case with Prism dyeing.
Here they are in Shadow, Denim, Mink and Antique.
And then in Woodlands, Smoke, Thunderclap and Mocha.
But those aren’t the only fun sets that we have up at The Loopy Ewe tonight. We’ve also added in Loopy Cakes, which are 100+ yd. mini cake sets from our semi-solid series. You know how quilters have Fat Quarters – small pieces of fabric in many different designs? We thought that knitters ought to have the same chance at building a palette of pretty colors, too. In tonight’s update, we have these different sets for you:
We also added re-stocked more colors in Team Spirit, added some new Zauberball colors, put up the Romney Ridge 2013 calendars (Loopy Groupies – you get one for free with your first order in November – our gift to you!), The Fibre Company Patterns, and our Camp Loopy Bonus Yarn extras (shown here in Take a Hike), for those of you who didn’t get to earn a skein for free from Camp Loopy this past summer. These were done in the Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere base and it’s 400 yards of lusciousness. The bonus yarn colors are: Watering Hole, Take a Hike, and Sleeping Under the Stars. All of our Camp Loopy yarn offerings are exclusive to The Loopy Ewe. Get them while they last!