Monday, February 22, 2016

Enabling: DIY Odyssey Cowl Kit

Last December, I was gifted an incredibly opulent project kit from Bijou Basin Ranch which included all of this amazing stuff:

For those of you keeping track at home, the specific contents were: the Odyssey Cowl pattern by Laura Chau, a skein of Tibetan Dream sock yarn dyed by Miss Babs, a pair of Signature circular needles,  an Allure Sampler Pack, some Purrfectly Catchy stitch markers, and a custom-made project bag by St. Clair Designs using reclaimed fabric and an exquisite upcycled button from Balwen Woodworks. Yeah. that's quite a package!

There were only a small number of these project kits made for the 2015 holiday season, and they sold out pretty quickly (can you guess why?)....but the good news is that you can now make your own version of the kit, because almost all of what you need is available in online:
  • Yarn: Tibetan Dream is available in a lot of interesting color options, some of which are dyed by the one and only Miss Babs - and there are some new gradient, ombre and self-striping options from ModeKnit yarns to choose from, too! 
  • Pattern: yup, you can also buy the Odyssey Cowl pattern online here.
  • Allure: Snag a sampler pack or go all in with a large bottle of your favorite scent (mine's Prairie Breeze)!
  • Project Bag: a limited number of the custom-made, hand-sewn "Bijou Bag" are back by popular demand here.
All that's missing in the needles and stitch markers - but if you're like me, you probably have a bunch of both of those things in your collection, right?! Of course, it's never a bad idea to stock up on stitch markers. For this project, I highly recommend buying a large quantity so that you can place one in between each chart repeat - and then, of course, you will want a unique stitch marker to mark the beginning of your round. Over the weekend, I cast on for my Odyssey Cowl and used some pretty green stitch markers from The Tangled Skein to separate each repeat:
Conveniently, Bijou Basin Ranch is having a sale through midnight tonight, and you can save 15% on your entire purchase with the coupon code NOTATSTITCHES. So go crazy and treat yourself to some delicious indie-dyed yak yarns! If you need a special occasion to justify your purchase, allow me to assist once again by reminding you that today is Washington's Birthday. You're welcome!

You might like to know: the folks at BBR sent me a complimentary Odyssey Cowl kit. If it weren't totally awesome, I wouldn't be blogging about it here, though! 

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