Friday, May 27, 2016

FO Friday: Ewe Ewe Yadda Yadda

When I became a Patternworks affiliate not too long ago (click here if you missed the announcement), I was offered a chance to receive a free product to review. Since they carry a lot of things I already love & use, I wanted to choose something that was totally new to me. I decided to give Ewe Ewe's Wooly Worsted a try because it's one of those yarns I've always meant to try knitting with, but just never got around to it.
I remember spotting this yarn several years ago at my first TNNA, which I believe was also theirs as well. At the time, they had just 1 weight of yarn in a pretty palette of about 8 or so colors. Now they have expanded to include a host of other colors in both worsted & sport weights.
The Wooly Worsted Color Wheel, courtesy of eweewe.com.
Wooly Worsted in a machine washable 100% merino yarn that is spun in Italy, and it's got plenty of squish.  I was surprised to discover that this was a 3-ply yarn (I thought for sure it'd be 4-ply!); it's got plenty of twist to make a sturdy yarn without sacrificing softness. It held up to frogging and wasn't splitty as I knit with it.
Speaking of knitting with this yarn, I decided to make an alternate version of the Yadda Yadda Cowl, which is a fully customizable knitting pattern of my own design. I know, I know - shameless self promotion, but I honestly wanted to try making a different version of this cowl just fun the fun of it.

Now is a great time to talk about the magic of blocking (and one of my favorite blocking tools, too) - look at how funky my unblocked FO looks:
Here's that same FO, blocked and laid flat to dry using a couple of short blocking wires and Knitter's Pride Knit Blockers:
See how those wires are bent in the back?
This was their final project before being retired.
And here is the finished cowl! I used 2 skeins of Wooly Worsted to knit the smaller version of the afore-mentioned Yadda Yadda Cowl; I thought for sure I would have to break into the third safety skein! Since I cast on half the number of stitches for the larger version, I decided to knit more pattern repeats of Chart D, which I knit for both stitch pattern sections - 4 repeats total. This allowed me to block the cowl out a little more lengthwise to really elongate those chevrons. Check out that lovely stitch definition!
Ewe Ewe Wooly Worsted and So Sporty are available here at Patternworks.com. I was given this yarn for free in exchange for a review, but opinions are my own and I would never endorse something that I don't truly enjoy using.

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