I've been doing this business for awhile. There are many ups and downs to this business. One of the ups is that I have access to a lot of beautiful yarns. I'm established enough that I can request yarn support for my designs, and I don't really buy yarn. In fact, I'm not sure when I last bought yarn. Too busy, too much work.
Except for a few weeks back. ContinentalKim picked me up in her brand new Mini and we headed down to Four Purls in Winter Haven, Florida. Ross Farm and Gerschubie Fiber Arts were having a trunk show down there. The shop was amazing and the yarns were just wonderful.
Ross Farms is real working sheep farm up in Pennsylvania that sells natural yarns from only heritage and rare breeds. I brought home some Piccadilly. I absolutely love how they have a picture of the actual sheep on the tags. It's going to grow up to be a cowl. Apparently cowls are my new obsession right now.
Gerschubie Fiber Arts is a hand-dyer out of North Carolina. I totally fell in love with her Largo bulky base in the color Puppy Love. I actually brought home two skeins of it, and I knew it was destined to be a Valentine's Day Cowl. I actually bought needles and cast-on right in the store.
And what that yarn became is Donny. It's a reversible cowl pattern with tons of options. You can use 1 skein of Largo - 100 yards of bulky - and you get a cozy cowl that measures 30" around by 15" tall.
Or you can use two skeins and get a 60" long reversible scarf.
The scarf is actually 15" wide so you can wear it as a stole.
Or you can do like I did and seam it together for a moebius cowl.
Which is long enough to wrap double around your neck for the squishiest, warmest cowl you ever did wear. But since it's worked up in only 200 yards of bulky yarn it only takes a few hours to knit. Knit one for your sweetheart - or for yourself. I knit mine for me! I've worn it three times since I finished it - we are having a cold snap here in sunny Florida.
Donny is available on Ravelry for only $6.00 and it includes all the instructions for all the variations of Donny. Why is it named Donny? For Donny Osmond of course. A yarn named Puppy Love makes you sing the old song...
And they called it puppy love Oh, I guess they’ll never know How a young heart really feels And why I love her so
Needles: Size 13 needles (9.0 mm)
Yarn: Gerschubie Fiber Arts Largo, 100% merino, 100 yards, 1-2 skeins
Gauge: 5.25 stitches and 7 rows = 4 inches in blocked lace pattern
Size: Small Cowl is 15" high and 30" around, Large Version is 60" long/around and 15" high/wide after blocking