I did a bunch of finishing and photographing this last weekend, including the Onda Cowl that I whipped up in a day. It actually took longer to dry than it did to knit! I blocked it flat with a rolled up face-towel on each side to keep it from creasing. I really liked the scalloped shape that the cast on made, and although the bind-off didn't quite echo that shape on its own, I prodded it a little when it was wet to form the shape I wanted. It's like two sine curves running parallel - in knitting! I suppose that's a sign that I hang out with waaaay too many mathematicians and programmers.
Believe it or not, this is actually probably my second cowl ever. The first was many years ago and was knit in a fit of terror-induced energy during finals one winter. I was a little unsure about the whole idea - why wouldn't you want the whole damn scarf?! - but as I found out on Sunday when I wore this out to dinner and the record store, cowls are awesome. Cowls kick ass. They warm up your neck and add some color to your face, and as a bonus, they will not fall in your soup. When you wear as many shawls and neck thingies as I do, dropping knitted crap in your soup is an issue for which you must be constantly vigilant.
Pattern: Onda Cowl by Ines Sousa, free from Manos del Uruguay
Needle: Size 9 US Addi Turbo Lace 16" circular
Yarn: Manos del Uruguay Wool Clasica, 1 ball (138 yards), in an unknown colorway