A little while ago I treated myself to my first hank of pencil roving from Countess Ablaze. This is wool that's been loosely spun to the thickness of a pencil. You can either spin it into yarn or knit it as is. Originally, the plan was to spin it. Originally, the plan was also to use it for myself, but you know: The best laid plans of mice and men...
Last year I took part in a Secret Santa organised by the ladies of the #craftblogclub Twitter chat and it was so much fun that I am joining in again this year. I was assigned my swap partner and then it dawned on me that I had no idea what to make! Of course it was going to be something knitted. (I briefly considered other crafts, but let's be honest, nothing comes close to knitting.)
Since I needed a project that would knit up quickly, I decided on a cowl and searched for suitable patterns. In the end I went for the Cecelia Cowl, a free downloadable pattern. The yarn used there is chunkier than pencil roving, so I cast on more stitches and, frankly, hoped for the best. It went well and the cowl turned out wider than in the original pattern. The top photo of this post shows it folded in half.
I love how the colours pop and I am considering buying more of this roving in the Psychosocial colourway to knit something for myself. Luckily I do have quite a bit left over, so I may get a hat out of it. Well, it may be a game of yarn chicken, but you never know. Worth a try.