FO Friday! Shell Cowl

FO: Shell Cowl

Yay I have lots of finished Christmas presents I can finally report back about! I’ll start with a cowl I made for a friend of mine as part of a Secret Santa gift exchange.

FO: Shell Cowl

This was my first time using Noro yarn (I have to go look at what kind this was exactly) BUT Y’ALL THE COLORS. I am in love. Plus it just feels so soft! Love love love.

FO: Shell Cowl

As if that’s not apparent from the photo overload. BONUS: I kind of get to show off the new-to-me chair that I just inherited from my aunt with the gorgeous detail carved into the back. AND. The pics are all Christmassy! (That’s my 4’ fake tree in the background.)

FO: Shell Cowl

Yup, it’s me. You can see how the cowl scrunches up just enough to keep your  neck warm, and possibly your chin if you stretch it out some, but won’t be bulky underneath your coat.

Now. Just move along.

FO: Shell Cowl

Because the shell pattern is just repeats, it’s really easy to memorize & just go to town on the rows. It works up super quick! The buttonhole end threw me at first, but it’s really ingenious — you work up-and-down short rows of slipstitch at right angles to the rest of the piece, and it comes out looking knit. Really clever.

But you know what the best part is? In the spur of the moment at the lovely little yarn store I discovered in Seagrove, I wasn’t sure how much yarn I would need. So I got two balls. And now I have one and a bit balls left. I am totally making something for myself with that! Maybe another cowl, or maybe an earwarmer…

Project details over at ravelry!

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Oscar nominations came out yesterday, and you know what that means…

YUP. I’ve got my spreadsheet ready! This season is going to be a bit tricky, because I have done a POOR job of pre-watching. Just 2 movies out of the main categories! (Django Unchained & Brave) And now some of them are on the verge of leaving the theaters (Argo and Life of Pi), not to mention the ones that have long since left & aren’t coming out on DVD until AFTER the Oscars (The Master) and the foreign film nominated for Best Picture that NO ONE is showing (Amour)! I’m hoping one of the more artsy theaters will pick it up now that the nominations are out (I’m looking at you, Rialto).

Want to join me in my movie viewing quest? Check out all the nominees here!

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