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I bought this book on Friday at my local independent book store and have been sitting with it for the past few days just browsing.  I was ready for some inspiration and this fits the bill.  I haven't tried any of the patterns, so I can't comment on their quality, but I enjoy the photography, which does a fairly good job of showing the pieces.  There are also schematic graphics of all the shapes, which I find essential in order to actually enjoy the patterns.

The one thing that I don't enjoy so much is the word "shawlette".  I've been putting up with capelet for a few years now, so I'm used to it and only mildly annoyed when I have to repeat that word over and over again to people who ask: "what are you making"?  But I'm also switching to say "a short poncho" instead of "a capelet". Then people merely get a vague idea of a somewhat out of date style of garment. I just don't like the sound of the word shawlette, and people who aren't into knitting will have no idea what it means anyway.

*sigh* oh well.  The book is a delight, and I'd recommend it if you like looking at diminutive wraps .   8^)

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I cast on with some Malabrigo that had had an unfortunate tangling accident, so I wasn't too sure how things would turn out. I was initially intending to make a manly ribbed hat until I realized the yarn had a lot of purple hues mixed in with the blues. It ended up being this cowl:

My first cowl


(For basketweave pattern and a close-up of the stitch check out my Flickr stream.)

Which is super duper comfortable, and I am so close to not giving it away. I wore it all afternoon after I finished it. I had some yarn left, so I decided to make a matching headband. I cast on what I thought was 90 stitches (as the pattern requires a multiple of 6). I realized it was actually a multiple of 6 minus 2, but I was curious as to what stitch that would make if I just kept knitting around (and let the pattern rotate around.) It makes this:

What stitch is this?

Which is lovely and super stretchy and I want to make more. (For the curious, it's K4, P2 on a multiple of 6 stitches minus 2. So when you get to the end of the round you start with P2...and keep rotating around. It's fun!)

Unfortunately I had not cast on two less than I needed as I blithely thought (and didn't check for some bizarre reason unknown to me). So I ended up with this:

A counting error

Which is at least 26" long and too big for a human head. But at least I found a new stitch. And now I can rip it out and recast on the correct number of stitches.

Does anyone know what the above stitch is? It's some sort of mistake-stitch-double-seed-stitch something. Any help would be appreciated.

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