I’ve been down with a bad case of the sniffles this week—ow, my throat hurts—but it hasn’t kept me in bed, so I guess it isn’t the flu, thank goodness for that. I was still dumb enough to go out into the snow this morning for a photo shoot of this fabulous cowl, and it was –16 F. That’s sixteen degrees below zero. I know.
This is the Inspira Cowl by celerystalk. Mine looks nothing like what I usually make. Where’s the gray? Where’s the neutral? I don’t know what happened here. It’s sort of a Cathedral Stained-Glass thing, or Sunset Over L.A., or Vegas Through Bars on Window. (I suppose all this could be the cold medicine talking.) I prefer to blame it on the fact that I chose the yarn after dark, and the lighting in my work room is not that great.
But in spite of its Elvis-Painted-On-Velvet vibe, I am still madly in love with it. I can take no credit for the amazing color washes; that is all the magic of Noro. This is Silk Garden 258 and 276, and the dark mullions between the peeks of color are Cascade 220, color 9413, which is a marled black/olive green. (Why did I even have a marled black/green yarn in the stash? I confess, I don’t know. Thank goodness this pattern came along so it would be useful for something around here.)
Inspira is a free pattern, but it’s really more a recipe than a pattern, which is fine with me. It’s just a corrugated rib, done in staggered sections, and best shown in a yarn with long color repeats, especially two different color-repeating yarns. Simple, and spectacular.
Ugh, I can’t even talk without coughing. Winter is so much fun.