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29 January 2015

A real treasure


Have you ever had this experience?

You're standing in a yarn shop and you see something wonderful and gorgeous.  You love it, of course you do, but you can't think of any use for it whatsoever.  You haven't got a project in mind, you can't think of one whilst standing there desperately wracking your brains.  You don't even really know how far the yardage will go or how much of it you'll need to make the something you haven't even thought of yet.  Sound familiar, or is it just me?

This is probably the point at which I should put the yarn down and walk away.  I should do that, and sometimes I do manage to do that.  But more often, I don't.  I quite often take it home with me because it's just so pretty and it needs to be mine.  I hope you're still with me.

I think that's ok though because, at some point along the way, I will find the right project for that yarn and it will, eventually, get used.  Well, that's my excuse.  And it's what happened with this absolute stunner of a yarn here.  Feast your eyes on this...


 Look at that!  Doesn't it just make you want to squeal a little bit?

I got this just over a year ago on a trip to Loop in London.  I went for a bit of a birthday splurge and I just couldn't leave that bundle of joy there in the shop when I could have it at home to love and admire.  I had absolutely no idea what to do with it of course, but for that moment, the 'love and admire' part was enough to be going along with.

I've had it out a few times over the past year, while rummaging in stash looking for other things and occasionally I'd have a little look through the Ravelry patterns to see what would jump out.  Eventually, over Christmas I settled on a cowl pattern.  The yardage seemed to mean a hat or cowl was a favourite option and as almost every hat I try looks daft on me, a cowl seemed the wiser choice.

I went for the Chickadee Cowl by Kirsten Kapur (Rav link), it seems a popular choice for this yarn as you can just knit and knit until you've used all the yards up.  It was nice and simple and of course, as the yarn was so chunky, super quick too.



I do love knitting with these multi coloured yarns and seeing all the different shades come over the needles.  It's so inspiring, when you are working so close to them, to see colours falling in different combinations.  I always find a few new colour palettes to try when working projects like this.

The downside though, for me at least, is that the colours nearly always seem to look better in their hank, skein or in this case, bundle, than they do knitted up.  This one actually pooled slightly and I'd really rather it hadn't.  I much prefer the top third where the colours are more mixed, than the bottom two thirds where the bands of colour are quite clearly defined.  I guess it's the control freak in me, but I want the colour to do what I want it to!



 Still, even if the first heady days of passion don't burn quite so brightly now that the yarn has become a proper knitted thing, I can't say I don't still love it.  It's hard not to love something so jolly and it's one of those where the bumpy inside is as good as the smooth woven look of the outside.  I think I could wear it either way round to ring the changes.

And, it's a ringing endorsement of my 'buy it if you love it' policy because I know if I do love it I will use it... eventually.



: :  TREASURE COWL   : :

Pattern: Chickadee Cowl by Kirsten Kapur

Yarn: Misti Alpaca Hand Paint Chunky in Treasure (CP51)

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39 comments:

  1. That yarn is soooo gorgeous and the cowl looks lovely on you. I did exactly the same just last week, looked, loved, longed for, deliberated and bought! It is a fantastic multi coloured soft ball of loveliness sitting in my basket waiting for inspiration to strike. Your post absolutely struck a chord with me! Looking forward to seeing what you create with your next impulse buy!!

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  2. Absolutely beautiful yarn and I love what you made with it! :) x

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  3. The yarn is beautiful. I was with you through the whole post. I do the same. Last night I said the yarn picks you, you dont pick it. Certain yarns, certain projects. I just love it. Thanks for sharing.
    ~Crystal

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  4. Yes I do find that happens to me!, and I love the yarn and the cowl has turned out greatxx

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  5. That cowl is just beautiful. It reminds me of gummy bears and springtime and makes me happy to look at! Thank you for sharing.

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  6. Hi Sandra, I've stood in exactly the same spot in Loop drooling over the same yarn! It was last winter and I wanted to find a lovely chunky yarn (non itchy!) to make a Cowl with, the thing is that I didn't have enough pennies in my pocket at the time so I promised myself I'd go back and buy some. I've thought about it since but never got round to going back, your lovely knitted cowl has reignited the wanties :-) I can see a trip to Loop on the cards in the very near future, I'll keep you posted! Your cowl reminds me of an impressionist painting, it'll be interesting to see how the colours react to crochet as I don't knit. I also love your hottie design, I'm off to watch your podcast about it. Thank you for all the inspiration! Love Jo xxx

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  7. I love the yarn and your cowl. I have to admit I have those moments in John Lewis when I walk in and see a whole wall of yarn! Right now I'm knitting another Blackberry Beanie in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran, a joy to knit with and the colours are fab too! Amanda x

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  8. Oh my goodness, it's beautiful! Totally a good investment :-)

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  9. Gorgeous yarn that gives this cowl a beautiful look.


    Have a nice day, Margaret

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  10. What fabulous yarn, and the cowl is a brilliant way to use it. No doubt it was fun to make - never boring! You've done a lovely job of it. CJ xx

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  11. It is lovely, and now I think I must make one, also in a variegated because it is just so pretty!

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  12. Hi Sandra! I think the cowl is gorgeous! I love how the colours blend together, perhaps more in the cowl than in the skein this time, even though I know what you mean about the opposite.
    Thanks for your hottie pattern in your previous post. I am crocheting some hotties myself at the moment and this one looks like an easy pattern to follow.
    It was good to see your podcast the other day, it must have been nervewracking but you did well and it was lovely to hear your voice.
    Have a lovely weekend,
    Pati

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  13. Goes great with your sweater :) I had the same experience of pooling with a linen stitch scarf I crocheted. I just simply broke yarn, rolled a little ball and joined to the skein again. I used the little ball for a fringe in this case, but you could tuck it in at the end. It did break up the pooling and spread the colours in a new way. I agree...it is fun to watch the colours blend row after row! I think yours is a great success!

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  14. My LYS had a free scarf pattern with purchase of this yarn. I knit it a few years ago... Love, love, love!

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  15. Oh my I had palpitations looking at that yarn, stunningly pretty on the skein, I would have fallen for it's charms for sure! I agree about seeing yarn knitted up and being a bit meh about it. Sometimes just having it in your stash is enough!

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  16. I agree that the woven pattern looks amazing when all the colours are mixed together. Its so hard to know how the changing colours will turn out when picking a pattern!

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  17. Wow! I really love this yarn! You made a beautiful cowl.
    Daphne (www.haak-en-maak.blogspot.nl)

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  18. Hi there? Where can I buy that gorgeous yarn? I´m from Portugal! So... is there any online shop? Thank you!
    Susana

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  19. Oh wow that wool is lovely. The colours are great and I think the pattern of them turned out fine! I always buy yarn just because I want it and think later about what to do with it even it takes years :)

    http://zoeshappylife.blogspot.co.uk/

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  20. Gorgeous yarn. And this too is how I buy yarn hence my ever growing stash

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  21. Oh yes, I've definitely had that experience! Your cowl looks great, what fabulous yarn - there's no way you could have left that in the shop! Have a lovely weekend.
    Jane xx

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  22. Oooh, this is so pretty! I love multi-coloured yarns in the skein but hardly ever know what to do with them once they've followed me home, so I'll bear this project in mind. I know what you mean about the pooling of colours, and I hate it when it happens with socks for example, but I actually think it suits this project - it almost looks intentional! In any case, it's gorgeous!

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  23. Just discovered your blog and wow thats amazing!!! the close up of the scarf reminds me of cross stitch/tapestry, lovely to see how the yarn knitted up!

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  24. I'm so glad I'm not the only one in wool shops standing on the spot frowning into the middle distance for half and hour! Well done for using it. I have too many odd balls stuffed into drawers. It does look lovely and cozy. I'm not a huge fan of how some of these hand dyed yarns knit up, but yours looks a bit 3D.

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  25. Oh it's beautiful! It looks like a painting.

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  26. Oh yes, Knit Collage - Gypsy Garden in mermaid- it haunted me for ages. I bought it (nearly fainted at the price) knitted a cowl and ......hated it. Wristers....hated them. So now it sits wound up again in a ball possibly to end it's days as the most expensive Barbie blanket ever! Your cowl is lovely and looks great with that cardigan. Oh and i really enjoyed your podcast, i listen to a lot of podcasts but yours is the first i have watched - hope you will do more.

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  27. That is why I have a couple of big bins of yarn. I live Misti Alpaca. Gorgeous yarns. This one knitted up wonderfully. The colors came out like a pixeled puzzle.

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  28. I do this all the time in the craft shop at the end of my street, I've got a to-crochet list as long as my arm but yet I still feel the need to pop in once a fortnight or so just to make sure there's nothing new in that I need to get my hands on "just in case"!

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  29. Beautiful yarn, beautiful cowl, beautiful combination that looks beautiful on you! xx

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  30. It does look brilliant, and doesn't it match the top well? And go well with a red coat, brown coat, green coat or beige! Good selection.
    I'm off to London in April; I must remember to factor in time to go to Loop.

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  31. That sounds like a very sensible way to buy yarn! I love the colours, it looks great :)

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  32. Your first photograph is just dreamy! Beautiful looking wool, and another new-to-me-but-now-must-knit-it pattern! Thank you...

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  33. It is gorgeous! (And hey, look, I've managed to post a comment here again. The only way proved to be to start a whole new Disquis account.)

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  34. It's gorgeous, one of my favourite colours is multi-colour! It's lovely, it's like art work.....Sandra I have made a post about the Loopy Lou which I made, finally! over on my blog X

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  35. You've basically described how I buy most of my yarn! Well, not always, but I do often buy "fancy" yarn on a skein without the faintest idea what I'll do with it. Variegated yarn can be a lottery but I think your cowl is really successful. The colours are exquisite, really lovely.

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  36. I am so happy to know that my yarn buying habits aren't as odd as I thought. I love the color palette. The cowl was a good choice....

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  37. It is very pretty, I think it looks a bit like a monet painting!

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