Cowls are the winter solution to warm. Simple as that. They stay put. They can cozy up and keep your nose warm. Or they can simply hang loose and pretend to be a scarf. And they can't fall off and get lost, which is an added bonus. If it's a really long cowl, you can wrap it around your head AND your neck if you are in a big hurry and escape without grabbing a hat. (ask me how I know this.)
As much as I want to nab a shawl or a scarf when I run out the door....I almost always grab a cowl.
You can knit them with fingering wt yarn and close to your neck (like the 3-colored cashmere cowl of Joji Locatelli). You can use leftovers like Favorite Things pictured above (thanks Rob, for modeling) or wing it like this. You can knit it in GREY!!! (this really IS my favorite!) or Gradient-grey (!!!) or in bright colours like albers or pine-bough. (maybe those are my favorites.) There are mindless cowls like raya that make great quick gifts or lacey ones like imogen that aren't mindless or quick.
You can knit them in the round. You can knit them flat and seam them. Can you tell? I! Love! COWLS!!
Guess what is on my needles now?
How did you guess?
Added bonus. One size fits all.
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I'm sort of between books at the moment....just finished rereading Anna Quindlen's Still Life with Bread Crumbs and loved it even more the second time around. I'm going to cruise around yarnalong at Ginny's today to find my next book!