Craft Book Challenge: F.O. #1

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So …. I don’t even know where to start with this entry so bear with me.  😀

So y’all know that I’m working through my already had patterns in this challenge.  My plan was to start with the Gaptastic Cowl but somewhere along the line, I stopped feeling it.  I don’t know if it was a case of  not liking the yarn colour and pattern combo.  I felt as if the seed stitch was being lost in the dark shade of the cranberry yarn I was using.   I actually was going to press forward and finish it this weekend anyway but I honestly didn’t like the way it looked.   Since the F.O. is to be a gift I really wanted to be satisfied with the project before I handed it over.   At the end of the day, I decided to frog it.  But frogging meant that I had to find a pattern in my arsenal that I could use. 

After digging through, I settled on this cowl pattern and honestly … I. LOVE. IT!!!!!!!   I saved this shorter pattern version when Stephanie released it in December 2012, but decided to modify it to make a longer version for this F.O.  (She’s since created a longer version; go to her blog — you’ll love it!!! )

Like my online buddy Andi reminded me today — knitting (and crochet) is supposed to be enjoyable and I can definitely say that I’m going to happily hand this puppy over tomorrow.  But, you’re not here only for my discourse … LOLOL … so I’m going to give you some proof of my first Craft Challenge F.O.  

The recipient requested chunky, funky, stylish, soft and squishy and this pattern/yarn combo nailed it.  ETA: Looking at the picture, it came to my mind that adapting this pattern using the Granny Square stitch might be awesome!!!!

Nikki's Cowl III


Pattern: Chunky Double Crochet Cowl

Designer: Stephanie Lau

Yarn: LionBrand Thick n Quick in Cranberry — 2.4 skeins

Avoiding a craft challenge fail: Point, set, match — Nicky!  😀

Wrapped and Ready To Go

Wrapped and ready to go!!!  😀

So … did any of you make it through the month so far working through your craft books?  I’d love to see what you did!  Post your Rav, blog or Flickr links in the comments section so I could enjoy your projects.  😀

After I weave in the ends of mine, I’m going to get ready for February!!!  Can you believe January’s almost over already?  Wow!!! 

12 thoughts on “Craft Book Challenge: F.O. #1

  1. sam February 6, 2013 / 12:38 am

    Ooh thats lovely… what a great start to the challenge.

    • Nicky February 6, 2013 / 8:51 pm

      Thank you so much. The recipient was very happy with it. 😀

  2. Stephanie January 28, 2013 / 8:00 pm

    Thank you so much for your very kind words, Nicky 🙂 I absolutely LOVE your cowl and the colour you chose! I’m so glad that you enjoyed my pattern and made such a beautiful cowl with it! Thanks for the lovely shout-out! Have fun crocheting more projects in the future 😀

    • Nicky January 28, 2013 / 9:11 pm

      Will do and thanks for dropping by!!!! 😀 Best to you, Ryan and Myla!

  3. freshy January 28, 2013 / 1:16 pm

    I love it! Even though most recipients will love anything you make for them, I agree, you should really enjoy what you’re working on, otherwise it just seems like pointless torture.

    • Nicky January 28, 2013 / 9:12 pm

      I used to think that I needed to be doing certain things by a certain stage in both knitting and crocheting but this project definitely reminded me that as much as I should push myself, I should also enjoy the process.

    • Nicky January 29, 2013 / 10:33 am

      Thanks so much Kate! 😀

  4. creative urbanista January 28, 2013 / 12:28 am

    Nice cowl, love the red color. I’ve been having problems finding the right cowl pattern to make, nothing seems to go with my yarn. I may give that seed stitch cowl a try, it looks like it would work with the blue wool I bought from Rhinebeck. I’d have to modify it for a smaller needle but I have enough yarn to make up for it.

    • Nicky January 28, 2013 / 9:13 pm

      I’m going to look at your blog to see the yarn again. Maybe I have some patterns in my stash that I can send your way. 😀

  5. Andi January 27, 2013 / 9:32 pm

    That Andi sure is a smart cookie.;) She must know what she is talking about from experience. Well done you and look at the beautiful gift you created. I heard from somewhere that the amount of love that you put into a gift carries through to the recipient. Aren’t you glad you didn’t continue working on the one you weren’t feeling?
    Happy hooking!

    • Nicky January 28, 2013 / 9:16 pm

      “That Andi sure is a smart cookie.;) She must know what she is talking about from experience.”

      That had me howling with laughter in my office today! I’m glad I’m not the only person who talks about herself in third person. 😀

      I’m really glad I went with a different pattern because she loves it!!! 😀

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