This is a cowl after I cast off on the weekend:
and this is that same cowl this afternoon:
What can I say? I saw this pattern a while ago for a scrappy scarf knit lengthwise, and the stitch stuck in my brain. I thought it might be nice to try with this lovely ball of merino that just happened to come home with me one day just before we left NZ. And, since I am equal parts lazy and cunning, I adjusted the stitch so I could knit it on circular needles, and changed the pattern to a cowl-like thingummy (are you overwhelmed by the technical jargon yet?)
The pattern's intended for oddments of yarn, but the merino I had on hand has really long colour changes which I was hoping would mimic a similar effect. The good news - it did - and it turned out very cute. The bad news - I could have sworn I had had 2 of these balls accompany me home, but nope, it was just the one and only (I did swear at this point) and the dimensions of the cowl were just just all wrong with only the one ball. I seriously considered leaving it as is and ordering another ball but I think that was just dooming the project immediately to the lost UFO pile. So here it sits, waiting for inspiration to strike. I have a few beginnings of ideas of what to use it for, but do you have any suggestions?