I've been anticipating the conclusion of the Homespun Pei Cowl all week. It doesn't look like much, but I'm so pleased with this cowl. It was going to be gifted; that is, if it doesn't get worn first.
If ever you are wondering if a Brooklyn Tweed pattern is worth the money, there are so many free or cheaper patterns after all; I would say yes. Emphatically yes. For me Brooklyn Tweed is up there with Woolly Wormhead, in that every tiny little feature has been considered, and then communicated beautifully. You will never be sorry you bought one of their patterns, even if it is only for a small item like a hat or cowl. Pei is a beautifully simple pattern, and that is clearly laid out. If you're considering a foray into lace knitting, this is a great start.
So that's the pattern. The other thing to talk about is the yarn. I've been trying to knit with my handspun soon after the spinning is over. It is extremly satisfying to make yarn. For me the satisfaction is deminished if that yarn is no use to man nor beast. Have you ever bought yarn that you hated knitting with? I wanted to make sure I wasn't spinning yarn that I hated using. Knitting this tells me just how far I've come in the past year, and that I'm making lovely yarn for hand knitting. That's pleasing. (Extremely pleasing.)
If you cast your mind back to October last year, you might remember that I tried spinning yarn specifically for the Woolly Wormhead Mystery KAL. And that the result was, erm,,, roomy. At that point I swore I'd never try to make yarn for a specific pattern Ever Again! Ever Again has arrived people. But there will be a lot more sampling and measuring this time.