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Compassion Cowl

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Pattern:  Compassion Cowl
Yarn: Sundara Aran Silky Merino in Colorway "Compassion"
Needles: 5.0 mm Addi Turbos

Spring feels like the time for green.  It's still a bit chilly in Chicago, so this cowl with it's deep emerald green is rather perfect.  It's been off the needles for some time now (right before St. Patrick's Day) but life has interfered rather mightily with knitting and blogging in the past weeks.

This project is a nice blend of cables and lace.  And though I am always suspicious of things with cable and lace labelled as simple to knit and easy to memorize, this pattern did turn out to be just that.  It didn't take long to knit up at all.

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Were I to do it again, I might take out a repeat of the pattern to make it a bit narrower as it's not as close to my neck as I might like it at the top.  

The yarn was lovely to knit with.  I love anything with a little silk and this yarn was no exception.  Definitely fiber and color therapy.  It blocked well and I think the stitch definition is quite good.  The yarn base is a single ply with variable thickness.    The silk makes the green luminous.   

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This detail picture is not a good representation of the color (the first two pictures are much better in this respect) but it does show off the cable lace texture.  The lace isn't terribly pronounced, but does help to give the fabric some more give and airy-ness.

My only quibble is that this patter really takes just a little tiny bit more than one skein... so to complete it, you need two.  Which is not the worst thing in the world since it gives me extra for a pair of short mitts... but if you needed to be budget conscious, it would feel like a bit of a waste since the yarn is pretty pricey.    If you were interested in the patter, I would be removing one pattern repeat with let you do it with one skein.

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I've had a few folks ask to see my favorite little girl.  So here I give you my Compassion Cowl and my Source of Hope.    

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