DaVinci Cowls


Yes – I’m talking cowls – not the DaVinci Code book or movie (though I did just rewatch the movie not long ago.)

Let’s just state the obvious – if you’ve read my blog for a while (okay not even a long while) you have realized I love lovely yarns.  Hand painted yarns are so pretty but I’m not really in a sock knitting mood so what to do with a lovely hank of hand painted yarn.   Some of these lovelies are so perfect for the cowl designs of a designer I came across on Ravelry not long ago.

I love the pooling that some of these yarns do but until now my pooling has been purely by chance — the yarn just happened to pool here or there due to the yarn I was using and what I was making.  But now I have learned how to purposely make them pool through the designs of Mary-Ann Lammers.

The cowl pattern I am currently working on is her  DaVinci Cowl Villa Borghese Park .  This is what Mary-Ann’s finished cowl looks like


© Mary-Ann Lammers  (photo used with permission)

I love the button finish too.   So I went stash diving and pulled out several different yarns.

This is the one I ended up deciding to use for this pattern.  This was a bonus yarn I received for completing Camp Loopy back in 2013.


Two things about this yarn (1) it’s about time it came out of the stash into the light of day and (2) it’s got PINK in it!  If you’re a regular blog reader you know that “I don’t do pink.”  I don’t wear it, I don’t quilt with it, I don’t knit with it…..but ….. there are times where I try to convince myself to like pink and I think when I chose my camp reward yarn, I must have been in one of those moods where I decided to try pink again.  Now honestly, I do like the way the three shades of pink in this yarn are knitting up.

This cowl is tubular in shape so here’s what I have knit since casting on Wednesday night.


This is one side with the mostly green and pinks


And this is the other side with the pink shades and gold and only a hint of green sneaking in .  The pattern lays out all the information on how to make your chosen yarn stack the colors and this is proving to be a very quick and easy knit.

My plan is to put buttons on both sides of the cowl – stitching from the button on one side through to a similar button on the opposite side so that my cowl will be two sided and I can wear it with either side as the right side.

My first project of Mary-Ann’s was the DaVinci Cowl.   This is Mary-Ann’s version.



I started out really well.


But then I ran amok.  I was happily knitting along on the bus one night staring out the window and not really paying attention to what I was doing and I let my colors that were stacking so nicely (top of photo below), take a severe turn  (bottom of photo below). 🙂


I had knit an inch or two before I realized what I was doing and I really did not want to rip it back to fix it.  So I just continued  to let it do what it wanted to without intervention so the top half of this cowl is proper DaVinci style and the bottom – well it’s quite dizzying to the eye actually but it will be a fun double loopy cowl to wear — adding a pop of color to this plain black blouse.


As I was searching for yarn to make the Villa Park project, I came across this hank of yarn.

20161119_10It’s Three Irish Girls  McClellan Fingering in the colorway Cornucopia.  The colors are actually richer than in my photo – my Ravelry stash photo shows them better –

but my plans for this are to make another DiVinci  Cowl and this time not run amok and keep my colors in line. 🙂

Seriously, these are fun, well-written patterns and a great way to get a different look with those hand painted yarns so if you like the pooling and manipulation of your hand painted yarns, I highly recommend checking out Mary-Ann Lammer’s designs and come join me in the “pool”.  (I know, I know – very bad pun).   🙂






Knitting in circles

Yes – I’ve definitely been knitting in circles – but that’s a good thing because I’ve been working on several cowls knit in the round.

I started and finished another Across the Heath cowl this week.  This one is my November Mixer project for The Loopy Ewe.  The criteria  – use a bulky or worsted weight yarn.  This cowl pattern works so well with the bulky and I love the spiraling texture.  Two evenings of knitting and it was done.


I’ve got another cowl finished and another in the works but more on those later.

Oh and I’m very excited — I think I previously mentioned on the blog that I was going to have another quilt pattern published in Quiltmaker magazine.   Well guess what – I am doing the happy dance again because they emailed me  a second time and I will have not one, not two, but THREE patterns published in upcoming issues!!!

The blustery night and day

Gosh -have you had the high winds yesterday and today like we have.  Amazing.  I normally don’t hear the wind howling because of the location of my apartment but last night it was so loud and when I came home from work it was amazing how windy it was.

It started out looking like this

20161119_15 The photo makes it look a bit nicer than it was – since the day started out very overcast and cold and it looked like it could snow….. (did I say snow – well it was in the forecast but I think we have avoided it).  Day before yesterday 75 and I wore sandals to work; yesterday and today – 30’s – I think the sandals have seen their last day of wear for the year but as it was November 17 – it’s still hard to believe it was warm for so long.

A friend came over late morning and we spent several hours in my sewing room working on our projects.

I pulled out my fabrics for one of The Loopy Ewe Monthly Mixer projects.  The one I was working on is for the monthly of August where the challenge is to make something either Olympic related/themed or representing the colors of Rio (in honor of the summer Olympics).

aug-inspir-rioThis was my inspiration photo for Rio where I pulled the colors from to choose fabrics.

aug-fa-bThese are the fabrics I chose to use.

I’m just doing a simple sashed 4-patch block in a positive / negative type style to make a lap quilt.


I managed to get twenty-two blocks cut and sewn so far today and need to figure out how many more I want to make.

Here’s the blocks I made today — they are not in their final arrangement — just stuck up on the design wall for the time being until I get the rest of my blocks made.