Bring It

Just as appetite comes by eating so work brings inspiration. –Igor Stravinsky, composer (1882-1971)
The writing prompts got me off to a good start and so I am sharing my first morsel of inspiration. I am inspired, deeply inspired, by knitting. The repetitive motion, the flow of colors through my fingers, visualizing the familiar and cryptic abbreviations into a a three-dimensional item, all of this is very soothing yet energizing to my creative spirt.
Knitting is also practical. Because as long as you don’t go too far off the rails with your pattern and yarn choice after you are done feeding your soul you have a nice present to give your kid’s teacher. No more last minute runs to buy scented candles and giftcards.

Classy Cowl

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I named this cowl classy, because I love to wear V-necks. I like to pretend they make me look taller. But since I have boobs V-necks can look a little slutty but a wearing a chunky cowl suddenly transforms your outfit into an artistic ensemble. Keep your stitches loose and the cottony fabric will be comfortable for summer.

Suggested Yarn: Lion Brand Spaghetti or any super bulky weight cotton tee shirt yarn, 1 skein (approx. 60 yards)

Gauge: flexible

Needle: size 15 (use a big needle to allow the cowl to be airy and have a nice drape)

Cast on 12 stitches.
Row 1: Knit 4, Purl 4, Knit 4.
Row 2: Purl 4, Knit 4, Purl 4.
Row 3: Repeat Row 1.
Row 4: Repeat Row 2.
Row 5: Purl 4, Knit 4, Purl 4.
Row 6: Knit 4, Purl 4, Knit 4.
Row 7: Repeat Row 5.
Row 8: Repeat Row 6.
Repeat this 8 row sequence until you reach your desired length or have only 18 inches of yarn leftover. Bind off loosely and stitch your ends together to create a loop. I used a three needle bind off, because I’m fancy.
This thick, rope-like yarn is very forgiving so if your finishing is rugged (we’ve all been there) the cowl will simply look rustic.

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