I finally decided that the world would not come to an end if I didn't like the result. And it helped that Stephanie Gaustad, the fiber judge at the Nevada State Fair, said that my skein of yarn was "almost drop-dead gorgeous," and that it would make a lovely cowl.
|1.1 ounce skein of 100% angora yarn on the right|
I used Dharma dye. But I forgot to take a picture of the dyed skein. (Fortunately, I had 0.4 ounces of yarn left over, so I made up a mini-skein for this post.)
Selecting a pattern was a huge challenge. For one, I always look for pretty simple patterns that I can knit while I sit next to the girls and help them with their schoolwork. And because I spun this yarn so that it would develop a nice "halo" (basically, it's the fuzziness of angora yarn; "halo" just sounds a little more sophisticated, I guess), I didn't want a pattern that would get lost in the halo.
I finally settled on this pattern.
You can find the pattern here: http://www.allfreeknitting.com/Cowls/River-Birch-Cowl
It couldn't be any more basic. It is just row after row of garter stitch that gets its lacy appearance from the large needles used to knit the fine yarn. If you don't want to bother looking up the pattern, get some size 11 needles, cast on 40 stitches, and knit every row until it is 50-52 inches long. Graft the two ends together. I think it took me about four hours.
And how much fiber did this cowl require? I used a whopping 0.7 ounce. Of course, how much yarn you will need depends on how finely you spin it.
|Ugh. I should be wearing a white top. And the picture shouldn't be blurry. I will try again tomorrow.|