Title image: Abandoned cowl

The Abandoned Cowl

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook  you may have seen my most recent creation, a lovely blue cowl.

The inspiration for this cowl was the yarn sent to me from The Fibre Co. I was chosen as a yarn ambassador for them in August, and they sent me two of their latest colorways: Barents Sea and Blue Lagoon on their Tundra base (it’s absolutely lovely – I’ve written about it once already here).

A close up of Tundra yarn

Tundra yarn with a swift

The yarn cried out to become a cowl – it’s so soft I wanted to keep it next-to-skin close! With the colorway names, I immediately thought about water, oceans, and waves. I found the perfect stitch pattern, and cast on immediately.

Knit cowl - first edition

In the first version, I tried to combine the two colorways, but didn’t love the result – just a bit too messy, and it was a little too long, too.  So I cast on again, and was so, so, SO excited about the result! Simple, but pretty, soft and squishy. I loved it, and squeezed it, and blocked it lightly. And went on my way browsing Pinterest for the next big idea.

But that’s when it happened.

There was my cowl. In a different color. Published almost 10 years ago. WHAAAAT?!?!

Yep, turns out great minds really do think alike! We even cast on the same number of stitches! I was pretty bummed for a while, but as I’ve shared my story, I’ve learned that it totally happens, and I’ve realized it would be MUCH more embarrassing to have published it, THEN found the pattern (or heard from the original designer 😮 ). It’s a part of designing, and while we *try* not to create the same thing as someone else, it’s impossible to know every pattern that’s ever been published … especially when we call the patterns different things 😉

So for now it’s abandoned, and I won’t be sending out a call for knitters. But I do love the lace pattern, so I *may* have just cast on a hat 😉

 

Cowl knit with Tundra yarn from the Fibre Co.

Pin for the Abandoned Cowl

Seasons

To everything there is a season.

As the seasons change from summer to fall, I’ve been reflecting on change, and the seasons that happen in life. Right now I’m in a season of nurturing – raising my kids, supporting them in school, making time for family.

My business is for ME (and a little bit for you 😉 ). It’s something that helps define me outside of “mother.” It’s work I can do while staying home with my kids … but the point here is home with my kids. I need to allow THEM time to blossom while Knit a Bit of Whimsy remains a tiny sprout for a while. It gets some attention, and lots of love, but in this moment, my kids need me more.

This morning was my youngest’s first FULL day of Kindergarten! Six whole hours for work (and housework, I suppose … boo!). The idea that this is the new normal. That I will have uninterrupted time to focus on whatever I want is … well … I don’t think it’s sunk in yet.

BUT … it’s still a slow season of quiet growth for Knit a Bit of Whimsy, while my kids seem to be growing by leaps and bounds!  I struggle a bit when I see other businesses thriving, while I’ve been working on getting a pattern published since February. 😛 We hear it over and over (but it never seems to sink in), that we cannot compare our beginnings to another’s middle, so I’m gonna tell you (and me!) once more: everyone has their own story. Everything takes time. As Lao Tzu said “nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”  For now, I’m gonna try to remember that, and just enjoy the ride.

Do you have similar struggles? I’d love to hear about you, or what you do to stop the comparison game!

Yarn review of Tundra by Knit a Bit of Whimsy

On My Needles …

Today I’ve got some super squishy Tundra yarn from The Fibre Co on my needles.  It’s a mix of baby alpaca, merino and silk, and oh my goodness, is it soft and awesome! Note: I received 4 skeins of yarn in return for sharing  photos on social media; my opinions are entirely my own. 

Photo of Tundra Yarn

What I love even more than the luxury feel of this yarn, is the story behind it. The Fibre Co uses natural fibres in all their yarns, they don’t use superwash processes, and they focus on sustainability. They know where their raw materials come from, and work closely with everyone through the yarn-making process from shepherds and mills to the yarn shops that sell their yarns and designers who use their yarns.

Kitten with Yarn
Mittens the Kitten approves of this yarn!

I’ve done a little swatching with the yarn I received, and I’m very pleased with how it works up. It holds its shape nicely, shows both cables and lace well (as much as you can create lace with Bulky yarn!), and might be even softer after knitting than it was in the skein! I think I’ve got an idea for a cowl using some of this squishy goodness 🙂

Overall, I’m completely sold on this yarn! It’s soft and lofty, sustainably produced, and it comes in a range of 20 colours (including the brand new Berents Sea and Blue Lagoon that they sent me). And I’ve always been partial to bulky yarns – they work up so quickly!

You can learn more about the Fibre Co. here: www.thefibreco.com/ 

And check out all their new colours on their instagram page: www.instagram.com/thefibrecompany/ or browse the hashtags #tfcbrights and #tfcneutrals. I was one of 12 yarn ambassadors chosen to share photos of their new colours! There are some beautiful things happening ❤

And while you’re at it, check out their contest – you could win 3 skeins of yarn in one of the new colours! www.thefibreco.com/competition/