You can't just make one cozy cowl and not want to make another. When I knitted my sister's grey cowl, it was bigger than I thought it would be. I decided to make another one for a friend who also lives downtown and walks everywhere. I modified the Katy Cowl pattern by casting on 17 stitches instead of 22 stitches as recommended in the pattern. I figured going down by 5 stitches would make the cowl closer to 8". (I was right!!).
It was actually much nicer having only 17 stitches on the needles. Again, I did a provisional-cast on. I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in "Fisherman's Wharf". It's such a nice creamy off-white colour. An added perk of dropping 5 stitches is that I only used 2 skeins instead of 3.
It was late when I did my Kitchener stitches. I couldn't find my needle so I wrapped the edge of the yarn with some tape and fished it through the live stitches.
Due to me sewing up the ends late at night, I didn't notice that the sides were a bit wonky. In daylight, it was so obvious that I should have paid more attention to the sides.
But handmade is still lovely, even with slight imperfections.
My friend said she loves the cowl (yay!). You can see that this cowl is still bulky but not as big as the first one.
I think it's time for me to have my own, don't you think? I'm sure it would keep me toasty for sledding at the pond.