Friday, November 16, 2018


Churchmouse Yarns and Teas has a great pattern called the Shoulder Cozy. We have patterns in the store or you can purchase it on Ravelry. Once you have the pattern then you need the addendum from Churchmouse's website - it is a free download.
We’ve called it a capelet. And a poncho. And a cowl. And perhaps . . . a snood? We love seeing what happens when we just keep knitting away at our cherished Shoulder Cozy. The wide, bell shape that fits around your shoulders and a generous, cowl collar defies all chilly drafts! 
We knit this version of our Shoulder Cozy with Manos del Uruguay’s fun, festive Serpentina. This aran-weight yarn has a delicate, twisted effect that mimics the paper streamers that fill the air during carnivale. The charming, hand-dyed, thick-and-thin strand has vibrant colors twirling together throughout!

Our adaptation includes instructions for children four to seven years old. We've knit this version of our Shoulder Cozy without a cowl neck in Manos' colorful Serpentina.

This is perfect timing - I order Serpentina the day before this email came through. We have all these colours in stock and they are on the website.

Handspun from handpainted merino tops, Serpentina is a truly artisanal product. Each skein is unique, and the colors are totally random -- they will not stack or pool. The ultra-soft superwash merino in a quick-knit gauge calls for next-to-the-skin wear like cowls and hats.  

  • Fiber Content 
    100% superwash merino wool
  • Yardage 
    approx. 142 yds / 130 mts per 3.5 oz / 100 g
  • Gauge 
    16 - 17 sts = 4" / 10 cm
  • Needle Size 
    US 7 - 8 / 4.5 - 5 mm
  • Care Instructions 
    Hand wash in cold water. Dry flat.

We started a neat project in Serpentina. It is called the Nicole Cowl - free on Ravelry. You need two skeins of Serpentina and 9mm, 60cm circular needles.

I saw the cowl knit in Serpentina on Ravelry - take a look at what inspired me to choose this pattern.

A small note about the pattern. It says to work in garter stitch. Since you are working in the round you need to knit one row and purl the next one.

If you are knitting garter stitch in the round and putting your work away for the evening
-don't stop work to the end of the round (the marker) 
-stop a few stitches short of your marker
-now you know if you are knitting or purling when you pick up your work

Beth and I just got back from dinner with our Great Uncle Bert. It was his 93rd birthday. WOW. I can only hope to live that long.

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