All Bundled Up In My Cowl.

Monday, January 3, 2011



I hope everyone had a wonderful New Years! For many of us, including myself, it's back to reality which means no more sleeping in and back to work.  Did I hear a "boo?" Yes, I thought so.

Anyways, ever since I saw a beautiful cowl on Sydney from The Daybook I knew I had to have my own.  I was going to buy one but then I thought to myself "hmmm, I could probably do this myself!" So guess what? I did! While it was a bit of a challenge, it was nonetheless a success (in my mind at least). While it is a bit too heavy for Florida weather, it is perfect for a cold winter up north.  I wore it in New York this past week and it kept me so nice and warm!  I self-taught myself how to do the basic knit stitch from a series of YouTube videos.  The hardest part was starting off since it felt a bit awkward holding the needles in my hands.  In no time, I was knitting away and getting faster by the minute.  This is my first knitted item and I cannot wait to learn more complicated stitches.  Kelly got started on her first cowl too! 








71 comments:

The Pantry Drawer said...

OMGOODNESS!!! When I first saw this I thought "that's probably the one I wanted from JCrew" but no, you stepped it up a notch and made it yourself. AWESOME! I feel inspired

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Amanda said...

I just started knitting as of this week and am completely addicted. I learned from my grandmother and can't wait to see her again so that I can show her my progress (which is slow but steady...)

I am making a scarf and am wondering if it'll be easy to turn into a cowl. I only have about eight inches done, and I'm already ready for the next project. So instead of a 3 foot scarf, I wanted to do something shorter. Do you think it'll be easy to turn my project into a cowl?

christie said...

Thats pretty amazing you know. Not only does it look fabulous and soo soo warm, you made it yourself! Youre awesome!

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Lynn said...

oh yes girl, you def heard a BOO coming from way out West! ; )

omg, you taught yourself how to make that magnificent cowl! so impressed right now. i LOVE it and hope Kelly posts hers too! happiest beginnings to you both as the new year rolls through. ♥

pea ess: darling little red chiclet nail! and are those your own Seuss-tastical lashes???? so pretty and what i've paid large to achieve.

krisandkel said...

Hi Amanda! I'm so glad to hear you are knitting! My cowl loops twice around my neck and is 22 stitches wide and a little more than 5 feet long--you may be able to do just a single loop around your neck that is 3 feet. Another, easier project I wanted to start on was a knitted headband that goes over the ears. Just an idea! Can't wait to see what you come up with.

Hey Lynn! Thanks for your supperrr nice comment! That is actually Kelly in the photo (I made her be my model haha) but those are in fact her real lashes. I'll definitely have to get Kelly to post her cowl! :)

JMay said...

Oh my gosh, it looks amazing! I can't believe you made that. Nice job!

Celeste said...

Yay I'm so proud of you for making your own! I taught myself how to knit two years ago but haven't done anything but scarves... This looks like a great project!

wilybrunette said...

i can't believe you did this yourself AND on your first job too! it's beautiful--it looks absolutely fantastic on you!

Hayley said...

I just said to my boyfriend "you can MAKE a scarf?!?!" I guess I am just not crafty when it comes to clothes but I am dying for this one! I know which you are speaking of, Sydney's was a great orangey brown color I need in my life! Maybe I will have to start a project this week.....!

Hayley
http://www.theweekendfile.blogspot.com

Gabby / Gypsy*Diaries said...

Great job!!!! I remember my other used to knit a lot back in the days... maybe I should pick it up as well... really well done! :)
HAPPY NEW YEAR DARLING!
xxx

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Emilie said...

waaauuuuw how cool is that you can knit? I adore that scarf!!
I have learned it when I was little in school but I totally forgot haha :p Nice blog!!

xxxx

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Deva and Leah said...

good job with this! love the vintage style photos. nice touch

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Teresa said...

The scarf turned up very well! So cute!


Kisses
Teresa

Glocal Girl said...

I love a good cowl! They are pretty big in Europe, or else I would be motivated to make one myself. I think there's something so special from a homemade piece of clothing/jewelry/anything... even if it's not perfect!

x,
www.GlocalGirl.com

Jan said...

Kudos to you for making your own! I think the remnants from my first attempt at making a scarf when I was 8 years old are still sitting in a terrible knot in my parent's basement... :)

...Beau Fashion... said...

Thanks so much for the comment
Great post. Well done on knitting that yourself.

http://beaufashionxoxo.blogspot.com/

Leigh said...

Great job!! I know cowls and snoods and sell them on etsy -- I love it. You'll have to check it out sometime -- veryloveleigh.etsy.com .

Dancing Branflake said...

Wow! You are so talented!

DeVero said...

You did a really great job I must say! It looks really cool!

http://de-vero.blogspot.com

Leigh said...

I shameless went into J.Crew and saw a "snood" and decided that I can make it better. :) :) You should progress quickly, I would learn how to "purl" next and you're well on your way!! <3 Thanks for the blog love!

Cookie and Kate said...

I'm so impressed, Kristen! I bought a cream-colored one from Gap that looks a lot like yours, but of course it was made in a factory. New goal for 2011: learn to crochet!

jaclyn said...

Love your cowl - the yarn and especially since its handmade!! I recently have become obsessed with knitting and its cool to see others have too! I also learned by watching youtube videos over and over again. look forward to seeing more knits on your blog!

http://www.thelateafternoon.com

LuLu said...

Just found your blog through a comment on the Daybook. I can't believe you made that! It looks so good, you should sell them.

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