I spotted the Array cowl (a free pattern by Shibui Knits) on Pinterest a little while ago, pinned it and figured I'd get to it sometime in the future. But I kept going back and staring at it... and then I found myself at a yarn store this past weekend. Funny how things work out, huh?
I ended up getting a dark grey worsted merino superwash by Plymouth Yarn and an aqua fingering weight merino by Ella Rae. The superwash is SO soft and squishy... I'm always picky about yarn that I use for anything around my neck especially because I get so irritated by anything even remotely itchy.
Starting this cowl was slightly aggravating. Not because the pattern's difficult, but because I'm clearly an idiot. I cast the 320 stitches, did a couple of rows, then realised I didn't need to knit the first row. DOH. So I frogged it and cast 320 stitches again... did six rows and then realised I didn't read the first part of the pattern where it said to slip the stitch purlwise with the YARN HELD IN THE BLOODY BACK OMG SO STUPID!!!
Frogged it again, swore a lot, thought about taking up drinking, and finally cast the 320 stitches AGAIN. When I finished the second row, I realised I'd done something wrong somewhere because there was one stitch 'missing'. And wouldn't you know, my booboo was near the beginning of the row.
Seriously. I am so frakking stupid. I can't even blame drugs for my brain malfunctioning.
I went backwards and undid the stitches, swearing and getting slightly homicidal, fixed my mistake and tadaaaaa! Everything's fine.
Now, you probably won't have the same problems that I did with this cowl because 1. you probably can read, 2. you're not me. I'm only telling you this because it's just insanely hilarious how idiotic I can be. You're welcome.