Over the weekend, I also cast off a project I’ve been working on for a year and a half. In the spring of 2011, we visited an alpaca farm for a spring shearing festival, and I was unable to leave without a skein of gorgeous, soft, springy alpaca. The tipping point was the yarn band, which included the alpaca’s name and photo:
(And the fact that the yarn was pure, undyed Oakley-colored softness.)
Given the coziness of the yarn and the small amount, I decided immediately on a cowl, but then swatched three needle sizes and four stitch patterns, beginning on our epic drive from Austin to Portland, before finally settling on what to make.
Once I cast it on the project went very quickly, but … I’m not sure I’m done yet. I wasn’t sure quite how far the yarn would last, and the potential finished project is quite short and wide.
While this cowl proportion is nice for draping around the shoulders, or even pulling down over them as a mini-cape…
… it’s not really what I was hoping for at the beginning. I think I like my cowls more narrow and tall, so I can scrunch them down cozily around my neck and ears.
So, a dilemma. Do I keep it as is, and enjoy having something different for a change? Or rip it out and make it into the kind of garment I’m more likely to more often wear? I’m leaning toward the latter, although keeping the finished project that I have in hand is quite tempting.