take it or leaf it

November 11, 2013

The color is most accurate in this photo.

Scary computer picture.

I made the Take It Or Leaf It cowl a few nights ago.  It took me two hours and one skein of Rowan Lima Colour so truly is a one night-one skein wonder and a great gift idea.  The pattern is a free download and EASY!  It's one of dozens of lace leaf patterns that are so popular on Ravelry right now and a good beginning lace project.  The yarn is soft just like the original Rowan Lima but with gradual color changes.  My color Santiago has shades of blue and purple.  I've used Lima several other times, once for a my beautiful Hourglass by Joelle Hoverson, and once for the Noelle Capelet by Martin Storey.  Lima, made with baby alpaca and merino wool has a chain construction and is next-to-the-skin soft.  However, my Hourglass has grown in length with wear.  Even though I was able to fix my sweater by tightening up the neck by threading a thin string of elastic through the neck hem,  I think the best way to use this yarn would be to use a moss or seed stitch or cables, something that gives the fabric structure so it doesn't droop.  Such is the nature of alpaca.  Blunt wooden needles worked best for me.  Hand wash.

Take It or Leaf It Cowl pattern link

Today is Veteran's Day.  Thank you to all of the veterans, men and women, who have honored us with your service to our country.  

Hourglass was knit in the gorgeous color, Peru.

Noelle Capelet knit in color Lima.


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  1. Kristen, I really like the Hourglass sweater and you look very lovely in it.

    1. Thank you Deborah. After posting this, I pulled the sweater out and wore it last night!

  2. Thank you for your free patterns too! Lindy

  3. Stunning and the Hourglass sweater photo is so beautiful.

  4. Hourglass is amazing and really beautiful.
    I love your patterns, yarns and, of course, all the things you knit :) I like knitting too, and I'm also interesting in gardening. I follow you with pleasure :)

  5. Realy fantastic :) Like always!!!!

  6. The hourglass sweater looks fantastic on you. I am going to knit the cowl for my grand daughters.



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