To say that I love my Glorious Gradients cowl is a ridiculous understatement.
I freaking adore this cowl. I love it fiercely. I truly believe that everything about it is absolutely perfect and I’m having a very hard time not asking everyone I see to pet my cowl. The pattern is Foolproof by Louise Zass-Bangham and it is enjoyable and clever, I highly recommend it. While the pattern is wonderful, the yarn makes this cowl even more amazing. Let’s go back to its humble beginnings.
Three months ago, this yarn was just a bundle of beautifully-dyed fluff from a local indie dyer, June Pryce Fiber Arts. I split each braid into color sections, light blue to teal for one skein and green to dark blue to purple for the other. I spun and then chain-plied each single to preserve the color sequence in just 3 weeks (pretty fast for me!). I ended up with about 540 yards of 100% BFL wool, DK weight yarn.
I hemmed and hawed over the pattern for a while but finally settled on Foolproof and couldn’t be happier. I was a bit worried that I would finish the pattern before I got to the purple part of the skein but it all worked out wonderfully. The BFL is soft and drapey with a lovely sheen and a bit of a fuzzy-happy halo. The garter stitch evens out any spinning inconsistencies on my part and the gradient dyeing looks fabulous in the stripes. It blocked out a bit longer than I expected (63″ circumference, 8″ wide) but is a great length to wear looped loosely or twice around the neck. Finally, it’s composed of nearly all my favorite colors ever.
Long story short: I will likely never take this thing off. Also: knitting with handspun is fabulous. Also: I want more gradient yarn. And a coordinating hat. And more BFL.
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