My favorite knit.

Yes, if you must know we still are. (Vomiting that is.)

I thought we were done but as it turns out we're not. We just got an 18 hour break before it started up again. That would be why I'm posting at 4 PM instead of 7 AM. Other things on my agenda this morning…

So I think this is where I say something wise like, "These
things take time. Like gardening, making sauerkraut, raising children,
and – as it turns out – getting over the stomach flu." and pretend it doesn't suck to have puking kids. (Which it does.)

Because we could have worse problems. That much I know.

So rather than grumble about our tummy troubles any more, I wanted to show you this. Because a bit of knitting can even make vomit less horrible.

Knitted shawl by Clean : : the LuSa Organics Blog

Knitted shawl by Clean : : the LuSa Organics Blog

Knitted shawl by Clean : : the LuSa Organics Blog

The yarn is like heaven – 50/50 silk and wool from Sundara. Crazy soft.

The details on my project are here. (If you aren't on Ravelry and couldn't see my projects before, I adjusted my settings so that now you can.)

I love it.

So. Much.

It is (hands down) my favorite knitted project ever.

I fell in love with the pattern and would let out and audible squeal each time I saw it in my Ravelry favorites or on my Pinterest feed. (Really. It was an, "Eeeeeeee!" every time.)

So I finally got the yarn, bought the pattern and cast it on.

Considering how much I loathed knitting Lupine's cowl, my sanity was questioned at least once when I set to work.

But as it turns out, I loved it. I loved thinking about it, knitting it, and now I love wearing it every single day.

The only issue I had was with how it was received by my favorite five-year-old. Lupine sobbed passionately the night I cast it off and said, "I'm throwing my cowl away because mine is ugly and yours is beautiful. Give me that one. I hate mine!"

(Yes. Really.)

(In case you are wondering, I told her she could borrow it but that this cowl I made for myself and if she wanted one too she could ask for it for her birthday. I thought she was going to but instead she asked for a sweater. More on that later.)

As another aside, the photos are by my talented sister-in-law Nicole who has been living with us for the past four months. We adore here without reservation. She left this morning, heading back to Washington State and we'll miss her so.

I realized seeing these in here how rarely I show you my own face. So. Here I am.

But all of this really begs the question: do you even knit? Or am I boring you with all this gushing over yarn and needles?



P.S. Sorry if this is all over the map. I haven't slept much. xo

43 thoughts on “My favorite knit.

  1. Cassandra says:

    I have been eyeing-up that pattern too. Thanks for now making it a more urgent priority for me! I’m coveting yours too much not to make my own. 🙂

    Hope you all get better soon!

  2. Cassandra says:

    I would knit if I had needles and had time (away from grabby 2 year old) to fiddle with learning. I also can’t read patterns to save my life. I’ve been crocheting for years, but every single pattern, I call my mom and ask her to interpret. Why can’t they use plain language like a recipe? The concept of crochet works better for me than trying to weave with 2 needles, but I’m also drawn back to the idea of knitting because the pieces are so much softer, more intricate, more beautiful, and sturdier.

  3. Mikaela says:

    I love it! Great color choices, and pictures too. I’ve seen that pattern before and I put it in my favorites, also. I’m working on my first shawl-like pattern ( and am really enjoying it.

    To answer your last question, please, keep on posting about what you knit! As I clicked on the button to go to your page I said to myself that I hoped you had knit something and were sharing it today. I love to see what other people have done, especially now that the weather screams for knitting. Enjoy your new shawl!

  4. megan says:

    i do knit! all the time. currently i am using up my all the little balls of leftover sock yarn to knit warm winter socks for my one year old – who also recently stole a hand knitted cowl and started wearing it round the house till i knit her own for her very own! this very cowl here, as a matter of fact:

    i heart ravelry, and all talk about yarn and needles.

    your shawl is very beautiful, and i love the sheen that silk gives to wool. it must feel lovely round your neck, and you look very happy wearing it.

  5. Bronwyn says:

    Yes, keep posting on knitting. I am an avid knitter and love to see what others are doing. Hope you’re feeling better.

  6. meghann says:

    Gorgeous! I love the colors you chose & the detail on the edges is beautuful.
    (I also vote “post more knitting”—I’m also a knitter & love seeing other people’s projects.) xo

  7. Nahuatl Vargas says:

    Yes!, please continue to share about knitting, I got the pattern at the same time you started, because I loved too, but I have been afraid to start it, I have other projects that are simple, and also I have one complicated project, is Peeta socks, whether you are a fan of The Hunger Books or not, I like the wheat, even if you don’t eat any.
    Love how your project came up, and the colors too.

  8. Jess says:

    I love knitting and I love getting knitting inspiration so keep up the knitting posts (I need slippers for my 14 month old and I think I’m going to try the elven pair you made Lupine)! The cowl is lovely and you are so pretty!! I hope you all feel better lickety-split 🙂 PS thank you for emailing me your tooth protocol. I’ve been meaning to send you a thank you email but have been so lazy lately.

  9. sarah g says:

    love the blog, love the knitting, love the pics, (not so keen on the vomit – hope it passes soon!) keep up all the good work 🙂

  10. marni says:

    Stomach bug looks good on you! The shawl is awesome, and I’m not a “shawl person”.
    I don’t currently knit, but I know how to and respect anyone who can create, design, and work up patterns successfully.
    I don’t find knitting relaxing whatsoever. I don’t find a zen with my math mind and artistic mind like I do when I sew.

  11. Kim says:

    Beautiful! Yes I knit and I love seeing what you are knitting. I cast on those elf slippers the day you posted them (1 pair down, 2 to go) So yes please keep posting about your knitting. Sometimes Ravelry can be overwhelming – I like seeing what others have done.

  12. Tameka says:

    That is so gorgeous! I am learning to knit — mastering the knit stitch. Next is purl. One day, I will make something as beautiful. I have also attempted to read knitting patterns, but they look like a foreign language. I guess I need to master that too. Well for now, I will keep working on the knitted dishrag.

  13. Brooke says:

    Thumbs up to the knitting posts! After some chilly mornings this past weekend I decided to give my bandana cowl to my 1.5 year old to keep that strip of skin between his hat and collar cozy… and it turns out he loves it!

    Also, I met you this weekend at the market – It was great getting to see you and your family and we’re loving our Salute the Sun soap!

  14. Tanya Hulbert says:

    I have only knitted for a couple years now. I loved seeing this beautiful cowl and yes, the pics of you were fun! I love following your blog. It’s one of my favorites. Thanks for all the lovely inspiration!

  15. Karen C says:

    It is beautiful! I was just thinking today that it is time for me to dust off my knitting needles. I’ve been hoarding some pretty yarn, and it it time to make it into something beautiful I can wear.

  16. Rachel Wolf says:

    Tameka, I taught myself by starting with something simple that contained one or two techniques I didn’t understand. This is how I made this cowl even! I had to learn a different cast on. Then google the techniques, watch a few videos and practice. You’ll learn, bit by bit, and soon those patterns won’t be so confounding.

  17. kate says:

    I knit and really enjoy seeing what other folks are doing with fiber. This shawl is lovely. Keep posting knitting projects please.

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