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Cowls: the New Scarves

I'm excited about cowls. Why you ask? I am going to Mexico, a warm spot, for the winter. What would I need with a cowl? I don't NEED one; it is just that I love crochet and cowls are the newest;and there is so much potential for designing them. My fr;iend Vashti,www.designingvashti.com, has started a blog just for cowls. Check it out at http://crochetcowls.blogspot.com


Over the weekend, I crocheted a cowl designed by Sheryl Means and it is in the current issue of Interweave Crochet Accessories. It is called "Marcelle's Fancy Neck Wrap"
and is easy-breezy to make. I used Cascade Baby Alpaca Chunky. Here is a scan of it; I hope you can get an idea. I am without a camera for a few days. I really love the feel of the alpaca on my neck and it will go on display tomorrow at my LYS as a shop model and a potential crochet-along. Sheryl kindly gave me permission to teach her design pattern.

I love Sheryl! She is the co-owner of Yarntopia in Katy, TX. She and her partner, Amy Tyer, were bi-stitchural long before it was politically correct. They have lead the way for crocheters and knitters to become Sister-Stitchers! I met Sheryl when she took my class, "Courting the Crochet Customer" at The National Needlework Association trade show in 2005 just after they had opened the shop.

Ideas for other cowls are swirling in my head. I hope to get some new designs out there soon. Stay tuned.....

Comments

Vashti Braha said…
I hope you do too :-)
Love your red alpaca verison of Sheryl's cowl!
Sheryl said…
It looks lovely! Thanks for making and sharing it with us!
Anonymous said…
Gwen, I live in Mexico, and I'm wearing a crocheted cowl as I write. Ajijic is a mile high, and our houses have neither heating nor insulation, but do have ceramic tiled floors and porous adobe walls. It might not get Chicago-cold outside ... but the inside temperature isn't much warmer than what's outside. Which right now is 56 degrees. Bring all the cowls your crafty fingers can create.
Sheila

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