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).
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.
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 😉