Friday, October 26, 2012

FO Friday: Mushin Cowl & Darn-a-thon Update!

Three days after I started it, the Mushin Cowl was finished - it took me longer to get around to photographing and blogging about it than the actual crocheting! I became completely addicted to this pattern, which was easy to memorize and absolutely perfect for the yarn, Malabrigo Arroyo in Escorias. I'm not sure if I mentioned it before, but the Mushin Cowl is available as a free download on Ravelry.

I find it surprising that I'm only the seventh person to make this pattern; it never ceases to amaze me how some patterns catch on and have thousands of WIPs and FOs, while other designs that are just as awesome (sometimes more so) remain in obscurity. It looks likes this pattern came out this year, so there's still time for it to be discovered! If you're new to crochet like me, this is the perfect project to build your skills while making something pretty. I highly recommend giving it a try!

Darn-A-Thon Update: My BMFA Socks that Rock are back in business! There was a small hole on the bottom of the heel on one sock, taking them out of commission. They'd been in the "fix me/ignore me" pile for well over a year, which is a shame because these were one of my favorite pairs of socks to wear.

I think Tyler bought me the yarn for my birthday one year; at the time, I think the Raven Clan series of colorways had just come out. Clearly, murky tones are a favorite of mine, if this blog post is any indication! These socks were knit in 2008 using the Oriel Lace pattern from Charlene Schurch's Sensational Knitted Socks. They were my first-ever successful toe-up socks and I'm really excited have them back in the sock-wearing rotation this season!

Also revived this past weekend was my Tea Leaves Cardigan, which needed new buttons and a nice shave since finishing it in 2010. Now it's good as new!

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