As a beginner, I am curious about different needles yarn and resources that are available to to learn to knit. As an art teacher I like to be able to answer my students questions of why and how. For my next project, I went to Crazy for Ewe Yarn in Leonardtown to the “Fast and Fabulous” class with my Mom. The project for the day was a cowl made with Manos yarn from Uruguay. Manos is a non-profit organization that was created in 1968 to provide with jobs to the rural women in their hometowns. The yarn is hand spin and hand dyed. It was beautiful. It retails for about $30 a skien. I cast on 24 stitches and used Brittany needle that was 6.5mm. The Brittany needle is from ethically sourced wood. It is easy to handle and smooth to the touch. The needles will be replaced if they break with in 5 years of purchase. I got started on the project in the shop but ended up taking it home. It ended up taking me several hours at home. I am slow but getting better. The width of the cowl ended up being much thinner than the 24 stitches I used with the Loins Brand thick and quick. (See second Photo in the slide show). I returned to Ellen the owner of Crazy for Ewe yarn for a critique of the cowl and a private lesson on how to bind it off. I watched a few videos but was a little nervous about getting it right after investing time in this project. She is knowledgeable and patient. My cowl became a short scarf one end is wider than the other not allowing for it to be sewn together. I need to work on not picking up and dropping stitches plus, tensioning the yarn consistently. Ellen advised I practice the purl stitch next so that is what I will be working on next.
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