In my last post I mentioned the Three Waters Farm SAL + KAL featuring Susan Ashcroft’s Designs. One thing I didn’t mention is that how involved and engaged and 150% awesome Susan was throughout. She helped guide us toward designs she thought would work well with our yarns, she encouraged & cheered us on, and she was just all around an incredible addition to the group. Furthermore, she actually created a new pattern inspired by the group — how cool is that?!
The TWF (Three Way Fun) is described as such on the pattern page:
TWF = three way fun (three options; one even gives you 3 different looks from a single cowl)
But TWF was also designed as a little tribute to Mary Ann and all the fine spinners over in the Three Waters Farm group (they are running a KAL using TWF fibre and my patterns until the end of Feb. 2016 – link to the KAL).
I picked the stitch thinking it was a good way to represent ripples for “Three Waters Farm” and only spotted their logo after I’d made the first cowl – the similarity is uncanny.
I love everything about it — from the inspiration to the design itself — and simply had to knit it up as soon as I got it!
I grabbed my skein of Lingering Light Targee 3-ply from the December Top of the Month Club…
And I loved both the making of this project as well as the resulting cowl enough to think to myself, “Self, what about that skein of Dyeabolical Themyscira handspun that’s been in your stash for two years. You know, the one that you kind of didn’t spin super well, but still think is really pretty — do you think this pattern could work for it?” When I look back at my notes, it looks as though I 2-plied this and then n-plied my two ply. I don’t think that’s really a thing one should do, but I did it and had 160yards of pretty, but kind of wonky yarn.
I love that this pattern is super versatile. Instructions are included for light fingering through bulky weight yarns in a variety of yardages, as well as a stockinette/reverse stockinette version, a garter version, and a half garter/half stockinette version. I think three way fun is an understatement! This is definitely a new favorite pattern that I’ll be using again & again and I’ll definitely be keeping my eye on Susan Ashcroft’s designs. Yet another fabulous discovery through a fantastic Three Waters Farm event!