Saturday, 5 May 2012

How Cowl Is That

Or rather, how cool is it to have knitted my first cowl. Well, I did and it was a little boring. But the result is ok. It is really nice and warm and will fit into a jacket. The pattern must be written in a dark night - I had to use double the amount of yarn recommended.

The pattern says to sew the ends together. But I am not happy about those tight things over the head ending up with a bad hair day, and a cowl that gets bigger every time I put it on.

I knitted it three centimeter longer. And this time I only used stash yarn - yes, really. I knitted three button holes - not even knowing how my buttons would turn out. I fitted them for the holes.

The buttons are made of polymer clay. I rolled out a sheet of orange on my pasta machine and added pieces of the other colors.

I then rolled the sheet through again and added it to another orange sheet to get the buttons thick enough. They actually were too thick and I had to sand them down with a 360 grit sandpaper. Fun? Not!!!

The button shapes are cut with a cookie cutter and then textured with various tools. After baking, I added white acrylic paint and wiped off the excess.

I was inspired my Beccas tutorial, but must admit that I have no skills in drawing so this went on to be abstract. Anyway, I added the word knit to one button..

I happen to like the buttons. To me, they make the cowl a bit more fun and colorful. Since the summer has decided to go on strike here - I may have to use this to stay warm. Sigh!!

The Stitch Story
Yarn: Vamsegarn from Rauma (220grams - over double the amount the pattern recommend)
Needles: 5mm
Size: 63 x 28cm
PatternRauma 084-10
Other materials: My own handmade polymer clay buttons
Ravelry linkCables And Polymer Clay

18 comments:

  1. Årh, den er flot. God ide at den er åben.Det gør den ligesom mere anvendelig. Der er ikke noget, som noget uldent til at få håret til at stå til alle sider:-)

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    1. Tak for det Dorte. Ja, lige sådan et statisk elektrisk hår er rigtig pænt..... He he!!

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  2. Knappene er jo et kunstverk i seg selv, og ble absolutt prikken over i-en på halsen. Synd den var kjedelig å strikke for den ble riktig flott.

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  3. For en festlig hals! Og knappene gjorde virkelig susen! Det er så morsomt hver gang du har et nytt innlegg på bloggen - det er alltid noe spennende og annerledes. En godt-humør-blogg!

    Jeg kom plutselig til å tenke på - jeg har en sønn som studerer kunst, og som lager skulpturer i polymer clay, blant annet. Det er veldig spennende å følge med på. Han er helt selvlært - det er som du sier, her hjemme er det visst kun i barnehagen man driver med polymer clay. Hva slags leire bruker du?

    Ha en riktig fin søndag! Her har snøen etter nattens snøfall nettopp smeltet...

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    1. Tusen takk Anne - det gleder meg masse at du liker bloggen min!! Det høres veldig interessant ut det sønnen din holder på med!!! Jeg bruker Fimo soft - eneste merke å få tak i her dessverre. Langt fra optimalt, men må tilpasse etter materialet... her har vi heldigvis ikke fått snø, men kaldt er det!!

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  4. That definitely looks like something I would enjoy wearing. I am rarely without a scarf around my neck. Love the specialty made buttons too. I almost forgot that you are such a skilled polymer clay artist also!

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    1. Thank you so much Jan - I am also most comfortable with a warm neck inside a scarf of something like that!!

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  5. Nydelig hals- og knappene passet jo perfekt! Nå fikk jeg veldig lyst til å lære meg å strikke slikt fint mønster!!

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    1. Tusen takk Britt. Ikke så vanskelig som det ser ut til. Og du er jo så flink til å hekle - skulle ønske jeg kunne det!!!

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  6. That project looks complicated with all the cables! I love the colors and I love the buttons more! We have had almost a week or rain and cloudy skies--at least everything has turned green! Have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Thank you Debbie - look more complicated than it is (doesn´t everything??)
      Happily everything is green here too - but last night it was snowing in the capital... Gosh!!!

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  7. Stunning Lone ;o) I love this! I always love the bright colors you use! Makes me happy! I agree with Debbie, this did look like a complicated project! Snowing?? Wow! Keep warm ;o)

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    1. Thank you Stacy - well, everything is easy if we have learned it. I could never ever paint anything... LOL!!

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  8. Wow, that's an awesome pattern!

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