First up: the cowl. Did you recognize it from Jane Richmond's Island? It's my first knit from the book, but will not be my last. I want to make everything in it before the next year is up. I'm particularly excited about knitting Strathcona in a colorway inspired by the downtown square of my favorite city to have lived in.
It is so rare that I make something without one single hitch. Okay, I did twist my cast on row when joining to work in the round the first time; otherwise, this cowl was cinchy.
I used a long, size 3 circular and magic looped this. Check out the tiered construction! So cool. When my daughter requested it, she actually thought it was a thin, doubled cowl in the photo. As I began working on it, she was doubtful. I think she was afraid it was a balaclava.
The City Tweed dk was a really good substitute for the suggested Madelinetosh. In fact I prefer the softness of alpaca and the look of tweed. The alpaca blend feels so good against the neck and is a little more drapey than wool would be all by itself. That drapiness made this cowl work so well.
Of course, after she tried it on today I had to wrestle her to get it back for gift-wrapping.
I used City Tweed Aran in the same color, blue blood. The properties that made City Tweed so perfect for Arbutus, made my boot cuffs too loose. So, I reduced the number of stockinette stitches by four.