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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Not so wooly Arika Cowl
Arika Cowl
At the studio many of us are fans of the designer Jane Richmond.  She recently had a knit along for her Arika  cowl and  I stumbled into it at the very end.  I was reviewing the projects on Ravelry after I found the pattern and most people had done it in some type of wool or alpaca.  I decided to break loose and use the yarn Norah by Stacy Charles because I wanted to be able to wear the cowl for most of the year rather than just the cold weather.  I totally fell in love with the linen and silk blend as I was working with it. I love the swing and the drape that results from the fabric you create.  It is kind of funny because some 300+ ravelers have made it to date and few have used something other than wool. Yarn substitution is often a bit of a challenge if you start to actually consider factors other than gauge.  In this case I am thrilled with the results and encourage you to venture into something not "so wooly"  as you work on projects this summer.

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