I just published a little e-book of 3 cowl patterns called Cowl Play. I'll have a random drawing for 5 free e-books for those who leave a comment. You have until this Friday, August 2. The name Cowl Play was inpired by what Husband wanted to commit with 15,000 skeins of yarn lying on the bed as I tried out different color combinations. They are good for fair isle beginners and can be done in a nice snuggly slouchy size like this one, above.
or a smaller size that can be made to look quite manly in certain colors. The yarn is definitely something different for me. It is done in Kraemer Perfection, an acrylic wool mix. I learned a lot about synthetic mixes by necessity last Christmas in Dublin. Not many specialty or luxury yarns there at all! Nobody would pay for them.
When the Kraemer yarn is doubled up and has floats in the back (those strings of yarn in fair isle that run behind) it gets the nicest, cushiest feeling and is like no synthetic mix you've ever seen. Trust me - I take this stuff seriously! It also keeps the price point low for using multiple colors and there is no itchiness. Many of these new synthetic mixes are produced in Turkey and they are just a different kettle of fish than those you're used to.
So, while luxury and artisal yarns are still my main love,/addiction, for these cowls I am so happy with the Kraemer Perfection. The large one can be worn many ways although I don't recommend wearing it with a tank top in 90 degee heat!
The 3-book book is quite reasonably priced at $6.50. I hope you'll give them a try!