Twitter tells me “winter white” is creamier and warmer than “regular” (bright) white. Google tells me that winter white is just wearing white in the winter, bucking the old admonishment not to wear white after Labour Day. Also, that it’s a type of hamster.

The first two apply pretty well to the Soliton Cowl I just cast on, I think! (Not so much with the hamster.)

Soliton cowl

The Malabrigo Twist I used for the original is pretty chunky. This merino is on the thinner side of worsted though, so I’m holding 2 strands together. I think I cast on a few extra stitches too – you can do the pattern over any number of stitches, which makes it very easy to customize. I’m doing 131 stitches, and upped the needle size to 6.5mm (US 10.5). I have so many projects on the needles right now I had to break out my old Denise set for this one! It’s a gift, and I think (hope) the recipient will like and wear it.

merino from the spinning mill

I bought this 8oz skein at Rhinebeck at least 3 years ago (or so) from The Spinning Mill – they don’t seem to have an online presence, though they’re still listed on the Rhinebeck website as a vendor. It’s really lovely yarn, just nicely spun, smooth, and with good twist. It was a steal at $18 for 500 yards! Next Rhinebeck I’ll have to make a point of checking them out again.

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