On the Needles: Starshower Cowl

One of the hardest parts about packing to travel is packing knitting projects, especially when long car rides are involved. I want to make sure that I won't run out of yarn, but I also don't want to use up a lot of luggage space with yarn I will not need. I generally pack yarn and needles for socks, but I also like to have something else to work on.

While preparing for post-Christmas family visiting, I stumbled across the Starshower pattern by Hilary Smith Callis:

I loved the size of the cowl. Big, bulky scarves don't flatter my body shape, but sometimes I want a larger cowl. This one looked perfect: long and sizeable without being too bulky. I even had a skein of Cascade Heritage Sock in a gorgeous purple color in my stash that would be perfect. It would also be easy to fit in a suitcase because it's knit with fingering weight.

I am almost done with this cowl. It's actually a pretty fast knit (I've just been distracted with other things). I love the way that the fingering yarn drapes when knit on slightly larger needles than normal. I'll get better photos once it's done, but here is an in progress photo for now. The color is more eggplant-y than it appears here.

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What type of knitting do you bring while travelling?