Thursday, January 24, 2013

Las Vegas Cowl

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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. 

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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. 

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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.) 

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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. 

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Ugh, I can’t even talk without coughing.  Winter is so much fun. 

33 comments:

  1. It's gorgeous and I really love the colours. Can go with absolutely everything
    Hope you get well soon
    Love
    AMarie

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  2. Oh gosh, I was sick with a bad cold for two weeks! I feel for you! Love the cowl!!
    xo Kris

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  3. Stunning !! love the colours goes with everything. Heloise@daisies and dragonflies

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  4. That is absolutely gorgeous!!! Color, pattern... You have just an impeccable taste Kirsten! Love it.
    Hope you feel better soon. It's no fun when you feel sick. We had 22F this last week and I thought it was just too cold, but you are freeeezing there. Good thing this cowl is keeping you warm. :)

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  5. Your cowl is gorgeous!! I've had my eye on the inspira cowl for quite a while but I haven't found the right noro colors yet... I really love the colors of your noro yarn, especially the pink and pruple shades :)

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  6. Minus sixteen ... are you kidding?!! Gorgeous cowl, by the way : -)

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  7. Hi, Kristen! The cowl looks awesome! I loved the combination of different colors and black which frames this, yes, right, stained-glass like, stitches :) Great job!
    Get well soon and keep warm!

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  8. Take care and get well soon, coughing girl!!!!
    Your cowl will do a great job around your neck!!!
    happy weekend, xxx Ale

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  9. It's gorgeous Kristen. I loved the sneak peak of some yarn bombing on your tree in one of your photos's! Hope you are soon feeling better and back to full health x Penelope

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  10. it looks so beautiful there kristen, i see snow! yipes the temps, i can't imagine. thank you for braving the cold for these pretty photos of your lovely cowl. another fo, you are so amazing to me.

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  11. Absoloutely beatuiful and stunning. Oh my goodness your snow and temps brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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  12. Kristen! It looks beautiful ... Totally your style even though it lacks grey. :-). You are one fantastic knitting machine lately!!!!! Digging those striped scarves something fierce

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  13. The Inspira cowl is gorgeous! I just recently found your blog and have been enjoying your creative knitting and crocheting. Very cool and very inspiring. chris

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  14. I guess you do what you have to do ... you knit till your fingers stiffen, and then take photos in sub-zero temps (where are your mittens??!!). The cowl looks so snuggly and warm in all that white landscape. It looks the perfect thing to keep on all day when you have a sore throat too. Next time you wear it it'll probably still smell like Vicks (do you remember Vicks vapour rub? ... best smell of childhood winters). I love the shading in the cowl, beautiful work :) Wendy

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  15. Lovely cowl! And lovely snow!
    But you stay inside, in the warm!!!
    Carly
    x

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  16. Wonderful design and colours! And it looks so warm and cosy, perfect for the snow and cold temperatures.
    Keep warm Kristen, and I hope you feel better soon.
    Gill xx

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  17. I feel your cold pain sister, just got over it myself. The coughing is the worst!
    I like how the colors of your cowl pop against the snowy backdrop, and how you can wear it over your shoulders. The Noro yarn never ceases to amaze me.
    Get better : )

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  18. That's absolutely gorgeous- and the subzero photo shoot turned out stunning...

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  19. It does remind one of Vegas! But in a good way, not a "what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas way"!! Hope you are feeling better soon - and very glad it's not the flu :)

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  20. Gorgeous colors! I'm just getting over a head cold and thankful I didn't have the flu. Stay warm & well!

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  21. The choice of colour is beautiful. Against the all white background of your photos, it pops! I added this pattern to my queue, must make one for myself.

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  22. It's really pretty! You're good, knitting while you're sick. I've had the flu this week and can't imagine crocheting. Maybe that is the difference between cold and flu...everyone always wants to know. Vegas Through Bars on Window makes me cackle, that was really funny to me.

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  23. Kristen que pena tu resfrió, pero veo que bien abrigada estas!!! y muy colorida jaja... ya pasara este mal pero esa maravilla te queda realmente hermoso trabajo te dejo mi cariño y una pronta recuperación besos.

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  24. Absolutely gorgeous cowl Kristen! Reminds me of stained glass windows, sounds like you need warm things in your neck of the woods right now! All we have right now is miserable, wet, sleet :/ hope you're feeling much better soon, hugs, Helen

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  25. Gorgeous colours. I love the cowl pattern. Get well soon.

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  26. Lovely cowl! It works really well with the colors you've used.

    Love, Kirsten

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  27. OMG PHEW!! I lost your blog in cyberspace and I just found it again thank goodness, now I am going to settle down for a big catch up :)

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  28. That is so beautiful and such an appropriate use of those yarns!!

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  29. Wow that looks cool! (or should I say warm?) I've seen 'stained glass' blankets but not a cowl.

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  30. that is one funky cowl! it looks so much like stained glass!

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