Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Winter Bliss!

You must think What does she mean...Winter Bliss?? at this time of the year.
Let me explain.
It's no secret, that my favorite time of the year is the winter...the great northern winter with lots and lots of snow and just cold enough to put on all those cozy knits I work on all year.
Well, this time I say Winter Bliss for a different reason. I've ventured out to new pastures!
Finding myself with loads of bulky hand spun yarns this summer, I knew I had better start knitting this stuff before I ran out of bins to store it. Not finding a cowl pattern that I liked, I experimented with a simple design of a very comfortable and cozy cowl for the bulky handspun yarn I kept spinning.
With a bit of encouragement, I've decided to publish this pattern on Ravelry under the name of
Winter Bliss Cowl!
Now you know!
Curious to see what it looks like?
It's knitted sideways and has a back seam. Then folded over, it offers great protection from the winter wind and cold. The back of the cowl is narrow in order to reduce unnecessary bulk.

I had the pattern tested on Ravelry by some great knitters and they offered wonderful ideas and suggestions to make the pattern more accessible to the beginner knitter and a better knit for all.

Lot's of Winter Bliss cowl projects are already posted here.

One knitter even showed us how to wear this cowl as a hat. See here.
I thought this was such a cool idea!

If it's cold enough in your neck of the woods, you might want to make one for yourself sooner than later!
The cowl can be knitted in approx. 3 hours. Making one in an evening is possible.
You could even cross out a few names on your Christmas list.


And I leave you with a picture of Alicia, the most photogenic alpaca we have. She just loves the camera!


  1. Hello sweet Alicia! Hah, I understand having to knit or weave if ONLY to use up the handspun.

  2. This is adorable. I came over to read from Susan B Anderson's blog. I love that it is fast and can be knit with worsted held double.