Tangerine Dream

17 Jan

yummy tangerine yarn

Look at that yummy yarn.  I had in mind to sit and make a cowl.

A what?

A cowl. {click*}  It’s sort of like a scarf for lazy, uncoordinated people.   Back in my skiing days, we called them neck warmers only cowls are bigger, softer, looser.  In their most extreme state, they can become a hood.  In their more modest state, they are like a turtle neck without the sweater attached.    Do I need to tell you that I’m planning a more modest one?  Modest albeit tangerine.

I’ve had this yarn for ages.  It’s in the original ball — just the way I bought it.  I don’t have the label anymore which makes it a bit tricky to work with but hey I’m the kind of knitter who wings it anyway.   But, anyway, I start knitting and get two rows done and a huge knot.  Gigantic, huge knot.  Great.

So, I stop knitting, tear it all out, and untangle the ball of yarn.  It took me about 5 hours.  Yea, I could have knitted 1-1/2 cowls in that amount of time but I have barely started the blinking thing.  Garumph!

Hopefully, I’ll have something cool to show you in a day or two.  I thought about taking a picture of the yarn mid-de-tangle but detangling is a very zen thing and I couldn’t stop and walk away to get the camera and take pictures and then come back to it.  Instead, I watched A Daily Show and The Colbert Report and Demtrios Martin.  Person.  Very funny.  Laughing while doing a mundane task makes it go faster.  Someone should turn that into a witty saying and embroider it on a pillow.


* Did you click on the link?  I linked to my search at Flickr for “cowl” — the results are pretty funny.  Mostly, you have what I was searching for but you even get some birds and then just some odd stuff.  I love serendipity.  How gorgeous is that Red-Cowled Cardinal — wow!


6 Responses to “Tangerine Dream”

  1. jodyss 17 January, 2008 at 7:44 am #


  2. mary 17 January, 2008 at 12:16 pm #

    I’m trying to remember when cowls were first popular. I think it was late 70s – now they are back! I like them much better than turtlenecks – can’t stand them around my neck. It makes me feel strangled. Jewel necks and cowls work best for me.

    Oh, Lord. Like who cares? Sorry for the ramble.

  3. Trixie 17 January, 2008 at 8:53 pm #

    Nice yarn….I think I know that….Hmmmm…I think I can feel it.

    Anyway, I am in the middle of knitting something for someone else. I have some lovely alpaca that I want to knit up in Aibhlinn from Knitty. I may do that in the truck this weekend as we drive to and from Homer for a ski race.

    Btw, there is a special post for you….

  4. Liza Lee Miller 17 January, 2008 at 10:42 pm #

    So funny that you mentioned Alpaca, Trixie. The tangerine dream turned into a nightmare — just awful! So, I stopped and gave up — hard to do but sometimes essential. And, I dug around in my stash and found some baby alpaca — awesome stuff. Soooooooo so so soft. I’m knitting my cowl out of that. And, it’s much better this way.

  5. amarkonmywall 18 January, 2008 at 7:20 pm #

    Okay- I went EEK! when I first saw this yarn, so now I need to see the end result. Post pictures, please. Those cardinals are the kind that are all over Hawaii- they’re stunning. And that origami but is cool, too. I thought about pursuing the pattern for the cashmere cowl- it’s really lovely- but I’m not sure I’d wear it. Do you actually wear cowls? 🙂


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