Yarn Along – Soft as Clouds

cashmere hand knitted cowl more last minute knittted gifts and hyacinthJust before Christmas, I was leafing through my copy of More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts for ……well last minute inspiration. I kept going back to the Soft as Clouds Cowl. I loved the idea of knitting with cashmere. I couldn’t justify the time or expense in the run up to the festive season, so I put it on my “will-do-one-day,-but-probably-not” list.

cashmere hand knitted cowl and more last minute knittted gifts bookCan you imagine the squeal when I opened my sister’s present?

A ball of Brora cashmere 2ply yarn. All 50g of it. Perfect for the cowl. I couldn’t wait to cast on. I anticipated that if I knitted a few rows a day, I might have it ready for Spring and hopefully there would be enough to do it.

Oh how wrong was I on both counts! It knits up remarkably quick. I think I had knitted almost 3 of the 12 inches, in the first evening.

Next error. I had totally underestimated that 50g of 2ply cashmere provides many more metres of yarn than I imagined. I’m going to have some left over. There is more than enough. (Ravelry notes here)

cashmere hand knitted cowl more last minute knittted gifts and what if bookAs it’s Wednesday, I’m sharing my latest read. I bought What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions for my husband. He thoroughly enjoyed it and passed it on to me to read. (I do like giving gifts that I’d like to receive….but I really did buy this one with him in mind!!)

I’m about half way through and enjoying it. It appeals to my nerdy side, and is written with humour. Like one of those strange conversations that you get pulled into when other subjects run dry. Each person adding/disagreeing/building on what has been said. Until you end up with a solution that involves a new planet made entirely of furry moles.

I know I’m not alone.

So what have you been knitting and reading? Any interesting hypothetical questions discussed over the festive break? I’d love to hear.

Joining up with Ginny’s Yarn along.

18 thoughts on “Yarn Along – Soft as Clouds

  • Wednesday 6 January, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    Beautiful yarn and stitch pattern! 🙂

    • Wednesday 6 January, 2016 at 5:11 pm

      And so easy to knit (and memorize!)

  • Wednesday 6 January, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    Oh my goodness that is going to be such a warm and cozy cowl. And I love that you will have yarn left over!

    • Wednesday 6 January, 2016 at 5:13 pm

      I keep on trying it aganst my neck. It is so soft and not the least bit itchy. I can’t wait to finish it.

  • Wednesday 6 January, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    How wonderful of her to get you such beautiful yarn and glad your enjoying it! beautiful scarf!

    • Wednesday 6 January, 2016 at 5:14 pm

      So funny as I hadn’t even talked about the cashmere project. It really was the only project that I had sneaked a peak at over the holidays. My sister knows me!

  • Wednesday 6 January, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    Well done to your sister, clearly she read your mind! Gorgeous green colour, it’s going to be so pretty when it’s finished.

    Thanks for the book link, sounds like one my husband would enjoy too

    • Wednesday 6 January, 2016 at 11:53 pm

      I reckon she did. Very clever. I’ve loved knitting with this yarn. Goes further than I ever imagined.

  • Wednesday 6 January, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    That colour is fantastic!! Cashmere is such a luxury yarn – you just feel spoiled knitting with it!! 🙂

    • Wednesday 6 January, 2016 at 11:56 pm

      Totally spoilt. A real treat. Wondering what to make with the leftover yarn.

  • Wednesday 6 January, 2016 at 11:53 pm

    Ooh that looks lovely, and how awesome to have leftover yarn!

    • Thursday 7 January, 2016 at 12:08 am

      Only a small ball of yarn now, but if the rest of it is anything to judge by, it should go far!

  • Thursday 7 January, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    How wonderful to have a telepathic sister! The cowl is lovely and bet it will be so soft. We are always having absurd hypothetical discussions in our house but I can never remember the details!

    • Tuesday 12 January, 2016 at 11:26 am

      It is very soft. Not itchy, at all. Our hypothetical discussions, at home, usually start with a science question from the children and expand onto a whole new level. 🙂

  • Friday 8 January, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    Thanks for the nerdy book recommendation. This should be a great gift for either my hubby or son for their upcoming birthdays. Maybe for both! I really like that cowl and the yarn is beautiful.

    • Tuesday 12 January, 2016 at 11:34 am

      Thanks. Hope the book goes down well with both of them. The cowl is finished and lovely to wear.

  • Sunday 10 January, 2016 at 8:08 am

    What a great sister! Mine refuse to give me yarn because “you have some already.” Ahem. The book sounds fab, we like that sort of thing too.

    • Tuesday 12 January, 2016 at 11:45 am

      (My sister hasn’t seen my yarn stash. Shh!)

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