A little Fresh Air

This morning I was able to get outside for a run (in a new pair of shoes, nonetheless!) for the first time in about 2 months.  I just have to say, I missed the fresh air against my face and in my lungs more than I thought I did.  

It's no secret to those who know me, I really don't enjoy Winter and cold weather.  About the only redeeming quality I can come up with for the cold Winters here in Wisconsin is the knitting.  Yes, as an avid knitter, that is a big redeeming quality, but still.  Our cold weather season is just too long for me.  There is usually lots of time to hibernate and knit, and months of weather appropriate to wear all your knit lovelies in.....and sometimes, if we're lucky, a stretch of mild weather to refresh the soul.  

After my run (on the streets of my subdivision instead of my favorite, currently snow-covered, trails) I remembered that I had not posted about the Powder Hill Cowl on the blog.  I also was ashamed to realize it's been over a month since my last post, and the first one for 2015.  Yikes, that sort of got away from me!  

Powder Hill in Malabrigo Mecha, Natural (large loop)

Powder Hill in Malabrigo Mecha, Natural (large loop)

 

Nature and fresh air are on my brain today, so I will share my inspiration for Powder Hill with you now.  

From the pattern page on ravelry:

The view from the look-out tower at the top of Powder Hill in the Kettle Moraine State Forrest is worth the climb, especially in the Fall when the vista is awash with abundant color. Once the weather turns cold and I’m forced to take my running indoors, I miss my treks up to the top.

This cowl is my homage to the solitude and peace I feel out on the trails. The cables mimic the alternating flights of stairs leading to the top of the tower, and the waffled-texture represents the ever-changing forrest floor.

The short version is a traditional sized cowl, perfect for tucking into a jacket. The longer loop can be slid down over the shoulders, or the top edge folded in for double warmth around your neck.

Both sizes taper from bottom to top by using decreasing needle sizes combined with decreases for a cozy shape.

Powder Hill in Malabrigo Mecha, Piedras colorway (short loop)

Powder Hill in Malabrigo Mecha, Piedras colorway (short loop)

I'd also like to share a couple great versions from my group of test knitters.  Love both of these bright, bold versions so much! 

Tuckychic's Powder Puff (short loop)

The one thing I love about the long loop version of this one is that it can be pulled down to keep your shoulders and neck toasty!  And all that texture just pops!  

I've finished up some other fun knits lately and have some more things on the way, so I hope to not be away so long this time!  

Happy New Year (a bit late) to everyone and hope the year is off to a good start!