A Gossamer Cowl

January 14, 2016

From the moment Rachel walked into my knitting class wearing her Chromatic Cowl, I knew I had to make one — or two. “Gossamer” was the word that popped into my head when I felt the soft, fluffy lightness of this cleverly designed infinity scarf.

chromatic_rachel

According to Merriam Webster: gossamer: (1) a film of cobwebs floating in air in calm clear weather; (2) something light, delicate, or insubstantial. I prefer definition #2 but quibble with the “insubstantial” bit.

It’s knit with three strands of Aloft, an airy blend of mohair and silk from Knit Picks. The gentle shifting of color occurs when a single strand is used up and you add another. For example, 3 strands of purple becomes 2 strands of purple and 1 lavender. When the next purple is used up, you knit with 1 purple and 2 lavender. Then 3 lavender, then 2 lavender and 1 gray, etc.

Being a fan of purple, I made one in lavender, purple, and silver gray. Here blocking on a dish towel. I wasn’t thrilled with the unevenness of the color shifts, the result of my rather haphazard divvying up of the yarn skeins. But overall, I’m very pleased.

chromatic-cowl-blocking

So pleased that I soon cast on another in green hues for my favorite red head. I borrowed Marcia’s kitchen scale to measure the weight (in grams) for the various balls.

aloft-scale

I didn’t finish in time for Christmas nor have I finished it yet. But I made some good progress while riding in the backseat as we drove north for a few days of skiing. I’m not a very good passenger, especially when the driver is one of my children and the weather is messy, so knitting really helped me stay calm.

chromatic_backseat

I’m nearly finished and will have an update after I graft the two ends together.

Until then, tell me what’s on your needles these days?

 

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