I need to show you some goodies from a fiber festival last week, but that will involve some photo loading and entering stash into Ravelry first, so instead I want to show you what I was allowed to finally open after running my ten miles this morning: my cowl swap package! I mentioned it a couple of times in my WIP Wednesday posts (here and here, for instance), it was a very basic swap, to include a cowl and some nominal extra goodies.
I'll save what I sent off myself for an FO Friday post, but here is what I was the lucky recipient of. First, the cowl itself:
And then, the British candies my spoiler also sent me, including some local specialties:
Isn't the cowl lacy and gorgeous? The poor thing had to endure a trans-Atlantic mailing journey, so forgive it's slight rumpledness. And forgive my own slight rumpledness in this photo of me wearing it, I was fresh from my post-run shower and just so excited to try it on and show it off:
The pattern is Glimpse Maxi Cowl by Jane Sowerby, it was published in Issue 38 of The Knitter. It's a delicate lace weight that I think is going to be perfect for the holiday season, especially with the red yarn having a bit of sparkle to it. It adds a lovely touch without a lot of bulk, and drapes nicely over the shoulders.
It's always so much fun both to give and to receive in these swaps, even if I am going to have to admit to people when they compliment me on this that no, I didn't knit it myself.
Alright, I hope I have inspired you enough. Although, even if I have, you should still go to Woolen Diversions for more.