I love it when a plan comes together

Update Sept. 27/19: The pattern–Porcupine Ridge–came out on Ravelry today. Click the link for full pattern details and to buy the pattern.

Three weeks ago I was in Whitehorse, up in the Yukon, visiting my sister. She took me to her local yarn shop, because she knows me. They had qiviut yarn, because it’s the North. My sister saw the way I kept looking at that yarn. She insisted that I take some home. We pooled our funds, and lo, I found myself in possession of 190 yds of gorgeousness from Nunavut Qiviut.* I cast on on the flight back to Calgary.

A round of knitting, just cast on, and an empty coffee cup on an airplane seat back table. A tablet sticks out from the seat back pocket in back of the photo.
It was a very early flight. That was not nearly enough coffee. Which is probably how I ended up picking up that tablet in back there from Air North’s freight office two days later, after it made another trip to Whitehorse and back. Air North, I salute your customer service, and would fly with you again any time.

A cowl. A small cowl. In lace, both to make the most of the yardage, and because (as my sister wisely pointed out) this yarn was going to be stupidly, insanely warm, and putting holes in the fabric would be a good idea.

In Calgary I spent my days helping Dad get ready to move, and my evenings knitting repeat after repeat, throwing in an occasional decrease for shaping.

Lace and cabled qiviut cowl with a couple of inches done, on a project bag that reads, "Itsy-Bitsy Yarn Store".

I reached the bind off on the second last night of my visit, and blocked the cowl when I got home. I loved this little thing before blocking; now I’m a bit obsessed. This coming winter had better include a serious cold snap and/or another visit up north, so I can wear this bit of luxury. And would you look at that: not quite enough left over for one more round.

Qiviut cowl finished and blocked, with a tiny ball of leftover yarn.
They really need to invent touch-o-vision.

There will be a pattern, and I’ll be making another sample—probably in Backyard Fiberworks Prairie—for a different look (and a more affordable yarn alternative). It’s such a quick, addictive little project that I may make a few. At least, that’s the plan.

*The yarn is a merino/Arctic Fox qiviut/silk blend. I know some will question my choice, and I thought a lot about it: Nunavut Qiviut’s yarns support traditional Inuit lifestyles, and I support that goal. It is very much not my place to tell indigenous people how to honour their traditions.

Spadina Avenue

A while back, I started playing around with purl ridges and came up with a simple stitch pattern that I really love.

What is it about this texture that grabs me so? I have no idea, but I find these graduated purl ridges deeply satisfying, no matter how many times I work them (and you are going to see them a lot in the next few releases). While noodling around with the ridges, I tried drawing a column of slipped knit stitches through them, and I liked that version, too.

I looked at the result and could picture it as a cowl: a big, generous cowl in a soft, lush yarn that would be as much of a pleasure to knit as it would be to wear. This design would be simple without being boring: a design to work on a lazy weekend, in stolen minutes during the day, or whenever you feel like knitting something satisfying and are not in the mood for a challenge.

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