A Bowl and a Cowl
Don't you think that bowl and cowl should rhyme? Well it was just a thought. I finished my daughter's cowl last night while watching the very last Harry Potter movie with the family. The drama had the stitches flying off the needles! I only just soaked it early this morning and I am not sure if I will get a photo of it being worn. I have my fingers crossed but just in case here are two photos of it drying in the guest bedroom.
I always block my knits and I always use a wool wash. I like knowing that I do not have to rinse the soap out of the knitwear. I think soaking allows the fiber to "bloom", it also removes any chemicals and last bits of dye that are still in the wool after it has been processed. It always feels softer to me.
I fill up the sink (or tub) with very warm water and add a splash of wool wash then throw the knitted item in and submerge it. I soak at least 20 minutes.......I have been known to soak for 7 hours because I forgot and that's okay too. Then I wring (yes, wring) it out. I try to do it very very gently. If it is a sweater I toss it into the washer and put it through the spin/drain cycle. DO NOT wring cashmere-it is too delicate. I only wring wool, alpaca, and silk fibers.
If it is lace, I pin out the project right onto my carpeting. Otherwise I just lay it out and gently reshape it.
I am to much of a chicken to try the hand wash cycle on my front loader, I am afraid I would be crying buckets of tears if it felted my knits.
So anyways, since the word bowl is in the post title, here is a wonderful gift I received from my father and his wife for Christmas. It's a hand crafted yarn bowl from one of their local artisans. Right now it's just holding some lace weight yarn. I have some ideas of some yarn that would be perfect to use in this bowl and see if it really works. When visiting my sister, she was knitting a scarf for her son using the bowl to control the yarn-great invention! I also think it is lovely to look at.
Karen, thank you so very much for this post! I have been winging it with soaking my knits as I was never quite sure how, now I know!ReplyDelete
I am very envious of your bowl! I was just telling my husband that I needed one as I use a cereal bowl now. I must show him yours when he gets home so he can see what I'm talking about. Enjoy!
Oh, and the cowl turned out just great!
Your cowl looks great! Well done on finishing in time for your daughter. I do the same with blocking, and if the wool is even a bit scratchy (my husband brings me home yarn from his travels and sometimes it can be) I'll add some organic hair conditioner to the soak water. It usually does a great job! And I love your bowl, I've always wanted one of those!ReplyDelete
Love the cowl! And that bowl!! I have been coveting one I saw on Etsy just like it for a while now, but fear that to buy it is asking for trouble... toddler + rambunctious dog = broken teacups on more than one occasion!ReplyDelete
That bowl is so cool! And the cowl is lovely :)ReplyDelete
The cowl is lovely -- the slight color variations are just gorgeous.ReplyDelete
And the bowl is amazing -- I could just leave my yarn sitting in it and having it be a decorative piece. Beautiful.
The cowl is beautiful! I haven't tried other yarns expect those that are machine washable ... I too am too scared that it'll get washed and then felted. I guess I could always give it to a little one...ReplyDelete
The bowl is beautiful! What a great invention.
I LOVE that cowl.....even if it doesn't rhyme with bowl! Don't you feel sorry for people trying to learn our English language? I downloaded the pattern to the cowl and hopefully will get to it soon....it is so beautiful! My daughter left today so things are starting to quiet back down (I think)ReplyDelete
I've seen a bowl like that before. I suppose it would be prettier to use than my ss bucket! The cowl came out very nice. Are you sure your daughter doesn't read your blog?ReplyDelete
I have a knitting friend who is recovering from foot surgery who I planned on dragging to a not-very-local knitting shop this weekend--for the express purpose of buying yarn bowls!!! I hope their offerings are half as pretty as yours! (gorgeous cowl, too--lucky daughter!)ReplyDelete
Lovely cowl! I've always been curious about those bowls... would love to hear your opinion once you've used it.ReplyDelete
Oh your bowl is beautiful! And the wool it's holding as well. So lovely. My friend has one like that. I hope it works for you!ReplyDelete
Well done on the cowl! My stitches were flying over that movie as well!
What a beautiful cowl! I love the subtle detail. And thank you for going through your finishing process. As someone who has actually finished very few projects, this was very helpful to me. :) Love the bowl too!ReplyDelete
The last picture is stunning - what a lovely gift. Thank you for the blocking info. I tend to just spray mine with tepid water and pin it madly to a towel. xxxReplyDelete
Such a lovely yarn bowl! And it looks like it is nicely sized. I made one for my Mom a year ago because the ones we saw only held one ball of yarn. Love it!ReplyDelete
That bowl is such a wonderful idea. The cowl looks gorgeous too. JacintaReplyDelete
Love the cowl, such wonderful colours :) I know what you mean about soaking/blocking - it really does finish everything off nicely.ReplyDelete
The yarn bowl is beautiful, lucky you :)