For the past six years, I have been plagued with the issue of trying to replace much loved blue jeans. Shopping for denim garments is a challenge because of the physical changes that the fabric often provides. Upon the suggestion of my mother-in-law, I changed to a different style, cut, and brand. That change is when I discovered how a pair of jeans must be tried on in the store because of the different variances of seamstresses and sewing techniques. Recently I decided to try on my old favorite styles and brand. It seems what I was looking for was in my sights all along.
I have realized my eye-opening experience in jeans can also be applied to crafting patterns. At my knitting guild’s holiday Christmas party hosted by Dirt Woman Fiber Arts, I broke down and purchased the skein of The Fibre Co. Road to China Light which was calling my name for the past two years. I also found a skein of yarn perfectly matched for SlytherBun’s doctor: The Fibre Co. Terra in Rhodora. Since it turns out she likes to hike, I thought a smaller size of Marnie MacLean’s Tidewater Cowl would be perfect for her trip to DC this weekend. The lace pattern creates a dressy look while being practical, and the picot bindoff is always an elegant edge.
This cowl project was my fourth time in using this pattern. I guess when I need a gift that is tried and true, I turn to the ones which have never failed both me and the gift recipient. Now if I could only sit down and knit the cowl for myself in the Seasilk I set aside for it. Do you use any patterns that find yourself reaching for to become much-appreciated gifts? My favorites lean toward a lace fabric. Feel free to tell me on my Facebook page so we can share our favorites.
Here are mine in past projects:
Tidewater Cowl by Marnie MacLean
Norfolk Pine Tree Cowl by Saccade
Meddybemps Scrawl by Kate Lemmers
Oasis Hideaway by Ágnes Kutas-Keresztes
Clapotis Shawl by Kate Gilbert
Iris by Kim Hargreaves
Ardor by Jenny Raymond — knitted as a blanket
Rich Heather by Terry Kimbrough
Cross of Cerdanya Doily by Linda Browning — knit as washcloths, a handkerchief, and future baby blankets
Bunny Dishcloth by Judith Prindle — knit as washcloths, blanket squares, and rug pieces
Cosset by Jenny Raymond