Meet Esker, another simple cowl. The best part of this pattern is the model/photo. Sarah, my stalwart photographer, was trying to get a photo done before dark just outside of the Yarnery, while I pestered her to take a some pictures for me. However, the planned for model hadn’t arrived, so I browsed the shop for a victim and found the ideal customer to kidnap. Now, Miss M is a killer knitter and when she is old enough to legally be employed, I imagine there will be a place for her at the LYS. She is also an reasonably attractive teenager, normal and wholesome-looking. But when we got her outside, pulled her hat off, dragged a couple of cowls over her head and the fantastic Sarah got going, WOW. Check out Tess of the D’Urbervilles:
I meant to post this a few weeks ago but it slipped my mind. The pattern is for both bulky and worsted weight, and the bulky version is definitely do-able as a last minute gift. Not that any of us leave those things until the last minute. I used Berrocco Ultra Alpaca for the worsted version and Rowan Cocoon for bulky. Both are wonderful yarns to work with. The Ultra Alpaca has enough alpaca to feel luscious, but no so much that is is heavy or slippery. And Cocoon? Yum.
The name of this pattern is a term from geology. I am not a geologist, but I am a word nerd, and tagged this one in my memory for the appropriate occasion. (I subscribe to Word A Day. See? A real nerd.) In case you are not a geologist either, eskers are “narrow, sinuous ridges winding over the landscape, formed by retreating glaciers.” Here is a picture of an Esker:
And a picture of my Esker, unstretched:
Rather sinuous ridges, wouldn’t you say?
Good luck for those doing last minute knitting, baking, sewing and all the other last minute things that I still haven’t finished. After all, we were too busy dealing with this:
And it isn’t even winter, yet.