I'm on Team UU in Nerd Wars, a competition on Ravelry among knitters representing various fandoms. I designed this cowl for one of the challenges in Round One of Tournament Three of Nerd Wars.
Team UU is named after Unseen University, the wizard's college in Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels. I love these novels. They're a great mixture of fantasy, science fiction, and social satire. Plus they're just plain laugh-out-loud funny. If you haven't read them, get ye to your library today. While some characters do appear in multiple books, this isn't a series in the traditional sense. There's no need to read them in order from the beginning. Start wherever you like.
Octarine is the color of magic in the Discworld and is invisible to most. Wizards describe it as greenish-purple, just like this cowl.
5 stitches and 7 rows = 1 inch in stockinette stitch
I learned to knit from my mom as a child, but didn"t stick with it. In 1995 I quit my career in electronics and moved from Texas to Oregon to attend graduate school at Oregon State University. That ...
I learned to knit from my mom as a child, but didn"t stick with it. In 1995 I quit my career in electronics and moved from Texas to Oregon to attend graduate school at Oregon State University. That first dark and rainy winter I realized I needed an indoor hobby (besides TV and chocolate). Over the winter holiday break, I checked out some books from the local library, bought some needles and yarn, and re-taught myself how to knit.