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Faraday Cowl & Giveaway!

UPDATE 1.9.2017: Congratulations to winners Azure, Linda and Cheryl. Please check your emails!


Happy new year, dear readers!

My goodness, where does the time go? With the cluster that is Thanksgiving, Christmahanukwanza (or whatever you chose to celebrate) and New Years, I’m afraid my blog has been woefully ignored. Now that school has reopened after an almost 3-week break (did you hear my jubilant yell on Tuesday at drop off?), the guest bedroom sheets washed and put away, and every last pine needle vacuumed up from our living room, I’m happy to be back into the swing of things.


While I’m feverishly working away on my 9th book and crossing freelance (mostly Fair Isle – hooray!) off my to-do list, I figured we should start the new year off right with a new, easy cowl pattern.

Meet the Faraday Cowl, a super bulky textured dream knit up using only knit and purl stitches. Faraday is designed to be easily picked up and knit wherever you are and is ideal for holiday-detox-Netflix-binge-watching your favorite show. Using two colors of the lovely and squishy Dragonfly Fibers Super Traveller in Mushroom Hunting and Limelight, this smooshy delight knits up quickly on US 10s and uses almost every bit of yardage. A wonderful stash buster or just an excuse to head to your LYS to pick up some of that super bulky you’ve been eyeing, this is a cowl to make for yourself after all that gift knitting. After knitting and gifting 5 cabled hats for my son’s teachers, 1 Fair Isle hat to our babysitter, 2 pairs of cabled fingerless wristers for the crossing guard and postal lady, a beaded lace shawl for my mom, and a lace cowl for a friend, I may just knit a Faraday up for myself in super bright anti-winter-blah colors.


With a definite hint of snow in the air this morning, I knew today was the day to release this new cowl pattern. Let’s give 3 copies of Faraday away, shall we? Leave a comment in the comments section of this post telling me your favorite winter activity. 3 winners will be chosen at random on Monday, January 9.

Stay cozy, knitters!


58 Comments Post a comment
  1. Connie G. #

    I love walking at night in the wintertime and looking at the winter sky. Everything is so much brighter it seems during the winter.
    Gorgeous cowl!

    January 5, 2017
  2. Pam #

    Favorite winter activity: knitting by the fire! When the temp is above zero and there’s enough snow, it’s sledding with the kids. Total hilarity. Happy winter!

    January 5, 2017
  3. Jeannie Murphy #

    Cute cowl. One can finish it in a reasonable time.

    January 5, 2017
  4. Oh that is so gorgeous!! Winter is my favorite season and I atribute it to being a January baby. My bday is the 20th and just about every other year it snows some around that week which makes me giddy. My favorite winter activity is hibernating. LOL However, I feel I should say something more active … sooo … I do love to walk in fresh fallen snow when all the world is quiet and the snowflakes cascade all around me.

    January 5, 2017
  5. Katie #

    My favorite winter activity is drinking hot coffee and watching the snow come down! I also love watching my corgi mix jump in and out of the snow like a dolphin in the ocean. The texture on the cowl is beautiful.

    January 5, 2017
  6. Ice skating outside with the children!

    January 5, 2017
  7. Helen #

    Lovely cowl. Wintertime activities have changed since I have no children at home. We still try to walk and I do yoga, but I love my knitting, cross stitch and am learning to quilt; baking and cooking, esp making soup for cold days.

    January 5, 2017
  8. Katie Williams #

    My favorite activity of winter break was sleeping past 6am! 💤

    January 5, 2017
  9. Karen #

    Beautiful cowl! Also love your holiday-detox knitting phrase – gonna use that one! Fave winter activity: watching PGA Tour golf from Hawaii on tv while knitting :-). Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

    January 5, 2017
  10. Not sure if my post came up so I will try to repost it:

    I love being out in the cold cold wind and walking for a bit; coming home to make a hot cup of coco, tea or coffee; snuggling up with my cats and my merino wool throw knitted by me and “just being”. Listening to the cats purring and feeling their warmth.

    January 5, 2017
  11. Joanne #

    My favourite outside winter activity is a tie between cross country skiing and snowshoeing.

    January 5, 2017
  12. Cheryl L. #

    My favorite winter activity is hunkering down next to the wood stove, baking, starting a new knitting project just for me, reading, and enjoying the quiet after the hectic holidays. Love the yarn colors used for the cowl!

    January 5, 2017
  13. Nancy S. #

    favorite activity indoors: baking bread. outdoors – playing with the dogs.

    January 5, 2017
  14. Barbara #

    Very pretty cowl! I love snow days to have the kids home all day and bake and just be lazy!

    January 5, 2017
  15. Andrea #

    My favorite winter pastime is to take a weekend in Canaan Valley, WV, curl up with my knitting in a yurt while my family skis cross-country. I’m on standby with hot drinks and snacks, and they know where I am!

    January 5, 2017
  16. Amy H #

    Why, knitting and Netflix bingeing, of course!

    January 5, 2017
  17. Renee #

    In my younger days it was ice skating but now we like to take long walks in the woods with our dog who loves, loves, loves the snow.

    January 5, 2017
  18. Laura Grams #

    Doing handwork by the window on a sunny day, with the snow outside making everything light!

    January 5, 2017
  19. Love it! It looks soo squessy!!

    January 5, 2017
  20. Nancy #

    I love to snow shoe. Super good exercise and it is so great to be out in the fresh air and pristine white snow. ❄️❄️❄️

    January 5, 2017
  21. Melissa #

    My favorite winter activity is staying inside and knitting!

    January 5, 2017
  22. BARB #

    Happy New Year !!!!!
    LOVE this ……
    I live in the mountains of Kentucky …… today is our first sweet snow ……. LOVE Everything about Winter !!!!! Playing outdoors and sitting indoors with hot chocolate and knitting by the fire :0)

    January 5, 2017
  23. LAPLibrarian #

    I love taking the dog out to play fetch. He’s a beautiful black Labrador–a perfect contrast to newly fallen silver snow!

    January 5, 2017
  24. Sue #

    I love this! The cowl looks so warm and comfy!

    January 5, 2017
  25. Rosemary #

    I love to walk to the local coffee shop to knit and read a good book in the winter!

    January 5, 2017
  26. Virginia Smith #

    I’m a wimp! I love to stay inside and look out at the cold, damp, dark, nasty weather and pity those that have to go out in it.

    January 5, 2017
  27. knitting on the couch in front of the fire is my favorite thing these days. eleven grands mean lots of requests. right now it’s the ponytail or bun hat.

    great pattern! will look for it on ravelry too!

    January 5, 2017
  28. Anne Westbrook #

    My favorite winter activity is drinking hot mocha beverages and knitting preferably in a warm room! I do not enjoy being cold. 🙂

    January 5, 2017
  29. Allison Beard #

    My favorite winter activity includes walking in the freshly fallen snow with my camera to capture the beauty of snow and nature. Love it when I can capture pictures of my dog playing in the snow or birds looking for food on my deck!

    January 5, 2017
  30. Debra #

    Hi hun, oh your cowl is absolutely beautiful, I love cowls, have done so much, but still look out for more lol. My favorite winter activity is being in my house, sitting warmly, and knitting these beautiful patterns, at least try tooo lol. Its a good way for me to pass my time, cause not being able to work anymore, keeps my mind busy, and trying not to think too much bout illness.

    January 5, 2017
  31. KerryB #

    Cross-country skiing and then resting on the couch with a mug of cocoa!

    January 5, 2017
  32. Used to be ice skating, now watching my dogs play in the snow and the cats look mystified by it.

    January 5, 2017
  33. Michelle Poscharsky #

    I love snowboarding! So nice to be in the cold and snow.

    January 5, 2017
  34. Cheryl #

    “Knitting” spells “winter” for me!

    January 5, 2017
  35. Jane H. #

    Going to Mauna Kea to play with snow then going down to the beach to play in water two opposite extremes! Both views aren’t half bad either.

    January 5, 2017
  36. Sweet design and gorgeous yarn!

    January 5, 2017
  37. Cori Brown #

    My favorite winter activity is planning a vacation somewhere warm & tropical.

    January 5, 2017
  38. Pamela #

    My favorite winter activity is cozying up on the couch after work and knitting the evening away with a cup of coffee by my side.

    January 5, 2017
  39. Rose Marie Smith #

    My favorite winter activity is wishing for Spring while enjoying knitting, sipping wine and warming my toes by the fire.

    January 5, 2017
  40. Joyce Wood #

    My favorite winter activity is skiing and then apres knitting and wine by a cozy fire…in Vail, CO right now doing just that!⛷🔥🍾yikes no knitting emoji!

    January 5, 2017
  41. Linda Rainey #

    My favorite winter activity is sitting on the couch (knitting, of course!) in front of a fireplace while watching the snow gently fall outside. I wouldn’t turn away a warm, fluffy blanket or a hot cup of peppermint tea either! If I’m not knitting, I’m looking through bajillions of knitting patterns, trying to decide what to knit next. 😃

    January 5, 2017
  42. My favorite activity is walking in the snow and looking at the nature. I love the cowl.

    January 5, 2017
  43. Shelly P. #

    Beautiful cowl! My favorite activity is sledding with the kids. Then coming home to the warm house and knitting, of course. 😉

    January 5, 2017
  44. heather538 #

    Beautiful, great colors too! My favorite winter activity is knitting in front of the Fireplace! Happy 2017!

    January 5, 2017
  45. Lori #

    I love to get a big cup of coffee and get out my adult coloring books and gel pens. 🙂 After knitting/sewing/crafting, it’s one of my favorite things to do, and there’s never any stressing over timelines or unfinished projects. Just happy, stressfree bliss. 🙂

    January 6, 2017
  46. Alicia #

    Beautiful – love the texture.

    January 6, 2017
  47. Christine #

    My favorite winter activity (besides knitting, of course) is waking up early on the weekends, eating a guilty diner-esqe breakfast, drinking hot coffee and reading the paper.

    January 6, 2017
  48. I love walking in the snow….and watching the beautiful flakes flutter to the ground!! Also making snow angels:))

    January 6, 2017
  49. phpdwp #

    When the winter temps dip below about 25 degrees, I’m inside knitting!!

    January 6, 2017
  50. Deborah Comly #

    These days, the cold days of winter that follow the busy holidays when all the family was around, my favorite activity is binge watching tv and old movies and knitting. Hats. Mittens. Cowls. Finger-less gloves.

    January 6, 2017
  51. byrd1400 #

    taking my girl on a walk in the park , we had such fun last winter. she is a 113# bloodhound . I love cowls long short doesn’t matter.

    January 6, 2017
  52. Diana L Koros #

    Winter is the perfect time to have the cats and dogs snuggle tightly against me while I knit and binge watch Game of Thrones.

    January 6, 2017
  53. Azure Bednarcik #


    January 7, 2017
  54. Gillian Van Brakle #

    Nice, long walks & then sitting with a nice glass of mulled wine…usually does the trick!
    Grown-up hot chocolate is good too…

    January 7, 2017
  55. Louise Gingery #

    Love the cowl! My favorite winter activities include walking in the snow, drinking coffee and hot cocoa, and knitting of course!

    January 7, 2017
  56. BarbaraJean Smith #

    Compared to your holiday knitting, I feel like such a slacker, but my family is warm and healthy. The colors for the cowl are great!

    January 7, 2017
  57. Pegg Kincaid #

    My favorite winter activity is staying warm, usually with yarn on my lap.

    January 9, 2017
  58. jenny Knott #

    My favorite winter activity is enjoying the company of knitting friends at our LYS annual retreat. So much fun catching up with all the activities of everyone from near and far from the last year.

    January 9, 2017

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