This past weekend we took Hunter out for her very first camping trip. I needed the perfect project for the trip. There was a little driving to get there but mostly there was a lot of hanging out by the campfire so it would have to be something worthy of a fair bit of knitting time. By the way, some might have worried about smoke flavoured knitting but I figured I would just give it a soak and it would be none the worse for wear. I needed a project with a pattern that was easily memorizable (sorry Rock Island, you had to stay home) and something with a thicker yarn, no lace for this long weekend.
The perfect combo for me was the Big Herringbone Cowl from the Purlbee. The combination of a nice textured stitch, big needles, and my all time favorite yarn (yes, I realize this title changes from time to time) Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Hand Dyes. The pretty charcoal grey with the herringbone stitch is such a wonderful combination it’s like knitting hot chocolate, warm, comforting, and cozy. I had some 12mm needles from my various Twinkle cowls but they are unfortunately a bit short. There are a lot of stitches crammed onto those bad boys! I recommend you pick up 5 skeins, some giant needles (24 or 32 inches rather than 16) and check out the pattern for the next long weekend camping trip!