Lodgepole Cowl

Today I introduce to you to the Lodgepole Cowl, which is the first piece in a little set that also includes a hat.  

This was a really fun piece to design!  Jackie, of Luna Grey Fiber Arts, and I were able to collaborate on this one, and as always, it was a pleasure.  I had a very specific color in mind for the main color, and Jackie was able to create a new color way for me.  This blue, Nautical Blue, is such a great, classic navy blue, with undertones of very subtle purple.  It pairs so wonderfully with this saturated version of her Honeycomb.  I was in love at first sight!  

And her Calypso base never lets a knitter down!  It's so lovely to knit with and so soft against the skin.  With the stranded colorwork on this cowl, it's so warm and toasty too.  Don't even get me started on all of the possible color combinations.....I could go on and on putting them together for this design.

The other really great part about this cowl was the testing phase.  I had a great group of testers who all created such lovely finished projects!  I honestly could not even choose a favorite from them, they are all fabulous!  

Here is a little gallery to show off what the amazing test knitters created:

I had a really great time getting to know all these ladies too!  

I had a few requests for a matching hat, so if you like the Lodgepole Cowl, the good news is, a Lodgepole hat is on the way.   

Here is a little peek at the 2 samples I worked up:

Jackie is working on putting together listings for kits that will be available from her shop, so stay tuned for that!  Then you can have as much fun as I did putting together all her fabulous colors!

Have a great end of the week.  What is everyone knitting right now.....holiday gifts, sweaters?

I have a couple teacher gifts and another commissioned gift to finish up before the holidays, a sweater finished that needs buttons for my girl, and another on the needles to finish up for my boy before Christmas.  After that, I get to work on a fun sweater for ME (that I'm not designing, so it's all about fun!).  I always need a little break for some purely fun knitting right around the holidays!