Cowls for Christmas


I've been wearing and working on cowls this week.  Jack says I'm wearing them to get ready for my neck brace, but a wise friend said that I'll need them to cover the brace!  Anyway, the first pic is a cowl I made last year but never blogged about.  I had planned to gift or donate it, but somehow it made it's way around my neck yesterday (so I guess it's mine now).  The pattern is pinned here: Sedge Stitch Cowl.

The cowls I am working on are teacher gifts for Christmas.  The first is for Jack's teacher and I winged it on the pattern.  It was very inspired by this pin though.  The blue edging is brighter than it looks here, but I didn't go too neon on this one as it is a gift.  I would love to make this one again though and be a little bolder with the color.

EJ has four teachers this year, so I have my work cut out for me.  I chose to use the soft stitch cowl pattern as I made one last year and loved how it came out (in fact, the pics from last year are much better).  It's a longer cowl (that can be doubled up or worn long) and is light but really warm too.  It's also a repetitive pattern, so I plan to be working on these while I'm laid up (much easier to work on a pattern I don't have to count while on pain meds).  EJ picked the colors...metallic-y black, deep purple, mustard, and spring green.

So, each teacher is getting a cowl and a bracelet.  These Beads for Learning bracelets are created by Maasai women and sold by The Leakey Collection.  100% of the profits from the sale of these bracelets goes to pay for teachers' salaries in rural Kenya.  I couldn't think of a better gift for our amazing teachers.  I hope they like them!
Karri said...

What a great idea on the bracelets!!!! And I love those cowls! As you saw yesterday, I love my cowl too....I hate having a cold neck, so I have my neck covered pretty much all winter long!!! I got lots of compliments on the green color from the gals at Rocket Baby, too!

AEK said...

Love the edging! Thanks also about the info on Beads of Learning - never heard of them before and they sound like a great gift option. Great work, as usual!

Tanya said...

I love cowls so so much. there's something so much fun about going in a circle and not turning. Love the sedge stitch one. I think I'm using that stitch for my baby blanket atm,

Eileen Chrisjohn said...

I have been on a Cowl binge as well. Lots of gifts already done. Love the bead idea. Very nice.
Eileen:)

Janette said...

Awesome cowls, and a really great idea for a teacher gift (sure to be a hit!!)

Martha said...

I wish I was one of the teachers!!! I think your cowls are beautiful and handmade gifts are really the best. I also love the zulugrass bracelets and necklaces...I want the $64 one!

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