So I unpicked and knitted one size bigger and twisted twice as tightly (every 4 rows instead of every 8) and was finally satisfied.
The fun thing is, the cowl and the sweater are actually two separate pieces so that if you're cold you can wear it with extra warmth (and fashion) but without for a cooler day (or a coordinating scarf).
All in all very nice. And I'm on to another.
If you're interested in this one for yourself you can find the pattern here at Lion Brand (for free!!).
And by the way . . . I'll be taking a break until after the Thanksgiving weekend. We've got volleyball and sledding and The Nutcracker and lots of pie-baking and gluttony on the schedule. No time for posting but I'll be thinking of you and hoping you're having a great Thanksgiving too. Next week I've got all sorts of nice things to report on--like giant zebra heads.
And if you're feeling crafty this Black Friday weekend, may I suggest a couple books that I've recently been sent to review that I thought were quite right?
First, Design It, Knit It: Babies from Debbie Bliss is a fun addition to your library. Showing you how to put together your own designs, it's a little different than your average knitting book but still takes advantage of the smaller time requirement that baby clothes offer. As with all of Debbie Bliss's books, the designs are very cute and the patterns easy to follow. She makes such classy clothes.
Second, there is How to Sew a Button (And Other Nifty Things Your Grandmother Knew) from Erin Bried which is just what the title says--a little domestic how-to manual for those of us who may have missed the Home Ec classes in junior high (raising hand). A great little gift for the holidays or as a stocking stuffer, it would be particularly great for any future college students about to be thrown into the wilds of the dorms.
Finally, there is The Complete Book of Baby Bargains: 1000+ Best Ways to Save Money Every Day by Kimberly Danger. I've been a mom for 16+ years now and I will swear that this book had ideas that were new to me. And good ones! If you've got a new mom on your shopping list and want to help her out this might be one of the best new-baby handbooks out there, right next to those "What to Expect" books.