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FO Friday | Baaarace Yourself Cowl

October 23, 2015 No Comments by Heidi


I think this is my best FO to date!

So while I couldn’t work I finished writing a pattern. It felt weird to write something not intended for a specific class or workshop but for release into the wild. I won’t lie it is bit scary (as all new things sometimes are) but my crafty group egged me on. I’m so glad they did. I was totally bowled over by the response from the testers. People actually wanted to make it! Woo!

The idea for this pattern sparked while living in Dublin where my major mode of transport was cycling or walking. Dublin in the winter is a very blustery city. Like many things I make, this cowl was born out of a practical need. In this case a need for protection from piercing winds on my neck and ears, an armour if you will. The pattern was finally finished when we moved to the UK. The super bulky yarn and pattern name is a nod to our furry sheep neighbours grazing across the road.

Since I wasn’t permitted to make any money, I thought it best to send it on to folk who could benefit from the pattern, p/hop or Pennies Per Hour of Pleasure. They are a fundraising arm of MSF that is staffed fully by volunteers who look after everything from the website to travelling across the country for yarn festivals. So far they have raised over £51K!

MSF holds a very special place in my heart. While living in Dublin, I had the privilege to befriend a few people working for the MSF Ireland office through one of my most treasured friends. Many afternoons and evenings were spent listening to their stories good, bad, in-between and sometimes a bit scary but always inspiring. My most treasured friend eventually went to work for MSF both in the office and out in the field. My love and pride in the work she has done/is doing goes beyond words. I am honoured to be able to contribute in my small way to help MSF carry out the amazing work they do every day.

Anyway p/hop liked the pattern and it’s now available over at their webesite.  I hope you enjoy making it as much as I did and please do make a donation too. Every little bit helps.

x H

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