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When I saw the Hello Purl batts lined up in a neat little cubby at StevenBe's Yarn Garage in Minneapolis, I thought of my mother immediately. Like my mom, these batts had a lot of interesting elements and a little sparkle, too. So, even though I'm just a beginning spinner, I took a chance and brought one home.
My mom's favorite color is purple, so I chose the PB&J batt. It's such a cute name, I couldn't help but call this cowl the same thing.
The batt weighed 4.75 oz. and contained bits of East Fresian, Falkland, Mohair Locks, Alpaca, Border Leicester, Faux Cashmere, Bamboo and Angelina.
I laid the batt out, and tore it into strips that I pre-drafted. I spun with a short-forward draw on 7.25 ratio. It spun up like a gorgeous dream. I turned the singles into a two-ply on the 5.5 ratio. I had about 141 yards, in the end.
I knew I had about enough for a hat, but it didn't seem like the right project. So, I cast on and made this very simple bias fabric until I was just about out of yarn. I kept the center stitches in stockinette, with a small garter-stitch edging, to maximize the amount of fabric out of my yarn.
16 stitches = 4 inches in stockinette stitch
Lara Neel is a knitting, designing, math diva podcaster who is determined to talk with each and every one of you on her show, Math4Knitters: Crafty Living. Drop by her website, http://laraneel.com/ for more information.