It’s not often I purchase patterns. There are so many great free ones out there on the internet.
But hold a KAL (knit-a-long) that offers prizes? Hmm … I might consider it.
Oh, and the designer lives in Wisconsin? And there is a discount if you buy all 5 patterns as a group? Ok, I’m convinced.
The collection of patterns I purchase are called “Brew City Knits“. Get it? Milwaukee = Brew City? I love all five patterns in the collection. There are three cowls, one hat and mittens. The pattern I decided to make is called “Trimborn“.
(yes, that is frost you see on the boards behind the cowl …. it was COLD the day I took this picture. I foresee all near future pictures being taken indoors!)
It was the perfect opportunity to use some Cascade Alpaca yarn I won in 2012 during YARNventure. YARNventure is a SE Minnesota shop hop. It was a lot of fun to participate with my parents and baby girl, but tiring. They had drawings at each location and a few larger prizes sponsored by all the shops. I just happened to win 2nd place.
Anyway … back to my finished cowl. This was a “me” project that gave me a break from making Christmas gifts. I still haven’t completely decided if I’ll keep it for myself, but since I’ve already worn it a couple of times and like it, it will most likely stay with me. Especially since I love the slight variations of green in the yarn.
This was the first time I tried the kitchener stitch. I like the concept and I “got it” right away, but for some reason my stitches aren’t as invisible at the seam as I had hoped. Anyone have advice on how to improve?