A new skill

The other week, I enjoyed a rather decadent day out in London1 with some of the other members of my stitching group. We were lucky enough to visit Loop and iKnit and very wonderful they were too. I always claimed that I was never going to knit, after my only attempt several years ago when I became frustrated by my own incompetence.  But with yarn displays like this…






…how could I resist the temptation to purchase something. Then once I had it, I had to figure out what to do with it.

My first purchase was this ball of deliciousness:



Knit Collage, Rolling Stone in Sangria Wine.

I figured that there was so much going on with it, it should hide any mistakes. Then it was on to Ravelry to find a pattern. For anyone who doesn’t know, Rav has a veritable feast of knitting patterns and the ability to search by yarn type makes it easy to find one to suit. I chose this free pattern for a Big Button Cowl. And this is the result:


Mine ended up a bit longer than the pattern suggests as it seemed a shame not to finish the yarn. Finished with a fab quirky turtle button from John Lewis. Not bad for my first ever completed knitted project if I may say so myself. I’ve no doubt the British weather will oblige me with an opportunity to wear it soon.