Italian yarn cowl

I am so far behind on my blogging that I might as well go back to a wintery project. I bought this lovely yarn in Italy back in December.  I didn’t have a lot of yardage to work with so I kept it simple and chose this pattern for a basic cowl. I bought some big bamboo circular needles and it was a snap. 

The cowl came out great! Simple to wear and cozy for the extended frigid winter we had.  
It’s about as half as tall as the one in the pattern which is a comfortable height for me. I’ve put it up for now because we finally thawed out but I’m looking forward to wearing it again next year, after an appropriately warm summer and not-to-chilly fall!

Schnitzel and Boo mini quilt swap 

I’ve become a bit of a mini quilt swap addict. Here’s the info on my second one from early this year, the Schnitzel and Boo mini quilt swap.

I picked out some blocks from a sampler book my mom has when I was visiting her at Thanksgiving. I started with Tula Pink arrowheads and picked out coordinating fabrics from my LQS. 

  

Card trick

  

Flying geese

 

And bear’s paw and dutchman’s puzzle.

It ended up being pretty big with four 12″ blocks and there were some tricky size issues with a block that I have since tried to forget about. Here’s how it all turned out.

 

And here’s some extras I made with the leftover scraps after cutting out all the pieces.

 

And the total package. (Photo from my partner)

And now what I got from my partner. This quilt was so perfect for me and I got a lot of great extras too!

 

I’ve signed up for many more swaps since!