FO: Brick Cowl

Back in September, Tanis of Tanis Fiber Arts, and purveyor of awesome yarn, announced not only that she was releasing new colors, but also a new base, Red Label.  Red Label is a sport-weight merino/cashmere/silk single and it is so pretty.  The one catch with Red Label is that Tanis was dyeing it as a test run for the Kitchener-Waterloo Knitters' Fair, and it was unclear whether it was going to be a permanent part of the collection.  As much as I wanted to drive 5 hours to get a single skein of yarn, I didn't.  Thankfully that is where Carla stepped in, she contacted Tanis and arranged for me to get a skein of Red Label in Brick for my birthday in October.

The yarn was awesome and I didn't know right away what I wanted to use it for, however after coming across the Imogen Cowl I knew I had a match made in heaven.  For the Tanis KAL in January I cast on but it wasn't at the top of the to-do list and it has been hanging over my head for a few months so I decided to get it done so I can start spring knitting.

 So here it is, my Birthday Brick Cowl, finally done, just in time for a +22C day.

- Details -

Project Name: Birthday Brick Cowl

Pattern: Imogen Cowl by Carrie Bostick Hoge of maddermade/swatchdiaries

Recipient: Me

Yarn: Tanis Fiber Arts Red Label in Brick


  • Shortened:  I had about 200yds less yarn than the pattern calls for so I used a scale and maxed out the yarn I had.

New Skills:

  • True Lace: While this isn't the first time I have attempted True Lace (patterning on both sides, no resting row) it is one of the first patterns I have completed, I think.


  • Yarn: LOVE!  It is so different that so many of the other yarns out there it is a real treat.  It has shine (Silk) and a wonderful fuzzy halo (cashmere).  Often times with singles yarn you do see knots, I didn't have any in mine but there were some fuzzy joins that looked like a spit-splice, which was odd but not deadly.  The color is fantastic, it has awesome hits of greens and browns that make it a perfect fall color.
  • Pattern: Great Pattern.  I am a less is more, brevity is the soul of wit, kind of knitters so this one was great for me.  Clear, concise with a good chart, although I think P2TogTBL may be the most evil stitch invented (along with Nupps) I managed to have it sorted by the end.

Re-Knit?: Nah, again too many patterns, not enough time.  Also if I were to work this lace pattern again I would do it in the round to avoid p2togtbl.