Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Whitlam cowl


Earlier this year I bought myself a buff (this isn't a sponsored post by the way!). 
A buff is basically a tubular piece of material, with no seams, that you slip over your head and wear round your neck. There are lots of fancy things you can do with a buff, for example, make it into a head covering but I only wear it round my neck. I bought it 
initially to wear when I am cycling (not that I have done much of that just lately, 
but thereby hangs another tale!). 
Often I don't want to wear a thick scarf when I am cycling because I would get way to 
hot after I'd been cycling a while, but I want something just to keep that cool 
"wind chill factor" from going down the front of my jacket.  

Anyway I discovered that I loved my buff! 
It was so good for keeping warm, and not just when I was on my bike. And as the 
first buff I bought was mainly yellow to match my fluorescent yellow cycling jacket 
I rather naughtily forked out for 2 more buffs - one mainly red and the 
other mainly blue to match different outfits. 

Oh but my love for having a warm snuggly neck did not stop there. 
I saw this Whitlam cowl from Baa Ram Ewe and realised how much use 
I would get out of one of these. 

This cowl is thicker than a buff so would 
be useful in the cooler months but not so thick as to be cumbersome.  
I bought Baa Ram Ewe's Titus yarn (again, no sponsored link). 

Balling the yarn - this takes me back many years, helping my mum to ball yarn. 
Sadly I had no helpers so had to use the back of an old chair that had been discarded under the car port as the seat was broken (maybe I'll have to keep it now for balling yarn?)

The colour way I chose is Yorkstone - a muted, unusual choice for me as I tend to go for 
bright colours but I thought I might wear this quite often and thus I played it safe 
and chose a neutral colour.  

I carried this project around with me in one of my favourite project bags. For me 
the whole experience of knitting/cross stitching is heightened by a pleasing project bag. 

This project even came to Exeter with me for a 2 day conference - I can always manage 
to find a few minutes knitting time, even if it is on the train. 

This was quite a straight forward pattern but I am a bit frustrated because I made
 several silly mistakes which I couldn't rectify easily as it was a lacy pattern. 
I think I just wasn't in the mood for concentrating properly sometimes but 
generally the mistakes are minor and probably, as is often the case, only I can see them.  

This cowl grew quickly.  
I knitted for 44 inches. Blocking it highlighted the lace 
pattern and also softened the wool.

And here is the finished cowl, prior to joining the ends. 

You could use this as a scarf too - it has pretty scalloped ends. 

And here is the finished article in situ - note how I artfully stretch my neck 
to iron out wrinkles!!


 And just to prove the neutral colour was a good choice this time, 
here it is with my blue coat.....

my red coat....

and even my turquoisey coat!!

Yes, I'm very happy with it - I know I shall get a lot of wear out of this. 
And I can see me knitting this again. Now which colour yarn to choose next...
Goathland? Endeavour?
They even have one called Filey, one of my favourite seaside resorts. 
Fantastic names aren't they?


  1. Fabulous! I like cowls too for the ease of something round your neck, but without the hassle and bulk of a scarf. Yours is beautiful and I love the colour! xx

  2. It looks so soft and must feel so nice to wear. Love the lacy pattern too and great colour choice. Will have to check out this yarn shop online. Would love to see what colour Filey is! X

  3. The yarn looks so soft and delicate knitted into that lacy pattern. And is just as versatile as you hoped it would be.
    Lisa x

  4. It's beautiful! We share the same childhood memories ;)


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