Soliton Cowl

I finally have a new pattern for you! This is just the start of my fall pattern blitz – I’m so excited for fall this year.

Soliton Cowl

This cozy oversized cowl is quick to knit up in an unusual, fun stitch pattern that’s reversible, too! Knit seamlessly in the round, this is the perfect project to show off handpainted, handspun and extra-special yarns. I love the sunny yellow colour of this Malabrigo merino, and it’s super soft – perfect for wrapping around your neck on those chilly days.

The Double Garter Stitch pattern will work with any number of stitches, so play around with the size to get exactly what you want.

Technical Editing by Alexandra Virgiel

Soliton Cowl

One size; 32” / 80cm in circumference, 11” / 28cm deep

300 yds / 274m worsted or aran weight yarn. Shown in Malabrigo Twist (100% merino wool; 150 yds / 137m per 3.5 oz / 100g skein), 2 skeins in colour Sunset
US 10 / 6mm circular needles, 32” / 80cm long
stitch marker
tapestry needle

15 sts and 12 rnds = 4″ / 10cm square in Double Garter Stitch

The Ravelry page is here, and there’s more photos there too!

2-page PDF includes photos and abbreviations. Available through Ravelry, payment through Paypal (no accounts required).

$5.00 CAD

Soliton Cowl

plain and simple socks

I’ve been knitting and knitting, and though things are coming off my needles pretty well, I just haven’t been very good at photographing them (or weaving in ends).

I did, however, manage to knit up this pair of socks for my fella pretty quickly before it started getting cool at night.

plain and simple

1 skein of Malabrigo Sock in Cote D’Azure, which is just a really perfect navy with just a bit of variation. Of course, though I got both socks out of one skein, they look pretty different from each other! One is much more solid. Anyway, I knit this on 2mm needles, my standard top-down, gusset heel pattern over 72 stitches in 3×1 ribbing.

I do have lots of new patterns coming up, including some fun and quick accessories that I’m really pleased with! One of which is out of these luscious yarns:


(The Fibre Company Road to China Light)

Mmmmmm. I looooove knitting with this yarn!

textures, and a recipe

I’m obsessed with making various neck thingies this week – cowls, scarves and shawls.



But, since I don’t really have anything much more to show you, I thought I’d pop by with a recipe I’ve been making a bunch lately! It’s a great breakfast, and I’ve lightened it up considerably from its original recipe, so I thought I’d post it.

dutch baby

(I took this photo ages ago at my old apartment – sniff, there are lots of things I miss about that place.)

Dutch Baby Pancake

– 1-2 tbsp butter
– 4 eggs
– 1/2 cup flour
– 1/2 cup milk (I use lactose-free, 1%)
– cinnamon, nutmeg, a few drops of vanilla extract

Turn oven on to 400F. Put the butter in a cast iron skillet or glass pie pan and place it in the heating oven while you mix the rest of the ingredients.

Mix the eggs, flour, milk and seasonings together – I use a large glass measuring cup, and I find that the immersion blender (stick/hand blender) does a great job of incorporating the flour quickly and adding some air. Otherwise, use a standard blender, or just a bowl and a good whisk.

Once the butter has melted and foamed in the pan, pull the pan out of the oven, pour the batter in, then stick it back in the oven for about 20-25 minutes, or until it has puffed up around the edges and is nice and brown.
Sprinkle with icing sugar and serve with whatever you want – I use maple syrup and homemade strawberry jam!

A few notes: I think the batter puffs up the best with room temperature batter, but the reality is that sometimes I just don’t have time for that! Instead, I measure out out the eggs and milk the night before and put them in the fridge, and measure the flour and seasonings out into a bowl. That way in the morning I just have to turn on the oven, mix it all up and dump it in the pan.

And don’t worry if you get to about the 15 minute mark and it looks like it’s not puffed – it comes up really quickly at the end!

Nom. Perfect with a big cup of tea.