Time capsule
Cavalcade of cowls

Woven Cowl

Woven Cowl I


  • Project: Caffe au Lait (Woven Cowl by Monique Gascon)
  • Yarn: 100% Merino 4-ply, worsted weight, 218 yards, Make.Do.Dyed with black walnuts harvested from my back yard
  • Needle: US 8
  • Mods: None!
  • Buttons from Iris Fine Yarns
  • Start to Finish: October 13 to November 15, 2011

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The "black walnut" brown is not as rich on the worsted merino as it is on the BFL superwash -- likely having to do more with the superwash part than the breed. But I could be wrong.

This is the second of four cowls I've knit in the past couple of months... I think there's still one more (at least) that wants to come out.

Today was cleaning lady day! For my birthday present, Mom sent her cleaning lady over to spend a morning with me. It was really great... and exhausting! While she spent time doing the normal, routine stuff (that I normally do, but not as routinely as a probably should -- and certainly not all in one day, which is, to me, one of the very best things about having a cleaning lady), I dealt with piles and clutter and yarn and stuff. There's no shortage of any of those things anywhere in my house!

There was a bonus lunch with Mom today -- discussion about Thanksgiving (I can't believe it's Thanksgiving NEXT WEEK!), and a little bit about Christmas and even extending into April and birthdays, thanks to Maddy. Heh.

I'm off in just a bit for a hair cut that probably isn't completely necessary right now... and it occurs to me that I never even showed it since last time!

Book club tonight, and I haven't read the book... again. It wasn't the most stellar choice and won't likely merit much discussion -- and I've been enjoying what I've been reading instead. So there. There'll be some other fun stuff to talk about, I'm sure, and it's at a new restaurant I've been wanting to try.

Whew! It's one of THOSE days off!!




LOVE the cowl and your button choice is spot on.
It's hard to believe it's time for Thanksgiving. What happened to the 4th of July?
So, you didn't share what you should have read or what you've read on your own. Spill it, please?


I love the cowl, the color is fantastic. My 2 sisters-in-law have a cleaning business and they clean my house every other week. It's a bit indulgent but I figure I'm helping a small family business and also - I'm worth it!


This is such a lovely, rustic cowl! I love the color, the chunky feel, the buttons... good job! I think that the 4-ply yarn might not have taken up as much dye, or maybe needed more volume of plant material than the BFL, which was probably a more porous fiber. Either way, you are rocking with winter now.


I am still fascinated that you dyed this yarn with walnuts from your back yard! The whole dyeing thing amazes me having never done it myself. Love this cowl pattern! Methinks my neck needs one!

Cheryl S.

The cowl is very nice! (And no, you never showed us your hair!)

Sigh. I wish someone would send me a cleaning lady for my birthday.


I love this cowl and the color is so beautiful!


Beautiful cowl! I must like your taste in cowls...I knit the Caera cowl (in ultra alpaca, so soft!) and I'm thinking about knitting this one, too. Such great gifts and so quick to knit, too!

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