Friday, November 5, 2010

Great Idea: Cowls

So today my Friday Finds are cowls.

They're everywhere. Really.

Until a year ago I didn't even know such things existed! (I mean...I did...but I didn't know there was a fashion trend surrounding them...I lead a sheltered life.)

If you're like I was then you may be asking yourself ,"What on earth is a cowl, anyway?"

Well, here you go (taken from Wikipedia):

"The cowl (from the Latin, cuculla meaning "hood and rope") is a hood worn by members of religious orders. It also refers to a long, hooded cloak, with wide sleeves, worn by some Catholic and Orthodox monks when participating in the liturgy. Developed in the Middle Ages, they became the formal garment for those in monastic life. They were worn to give warmth to people who often spent long hours in unheated and drafty churches."

Nowadays, however, cowls are usually a tubular scarf-like accessory, sometimes including a hood, which is worn around the neck to keep one warm, and trendy, during cold fall and winter months.

So here a few of my favorites from Etsy! (Click on the titles to see the shop listings for these items! And don't you just love how artsy the pics are!?! I know!)

Here's a nice hooded one, called Chunky Cowl in Oatmeal, by flutterbyhannah.

Here's one for guys, called Men's Crochet Wool Circle Scarf/Cowl, from mbgdesigns.

Here's a fabulous cotton one, called The Organic Cowl, by AnaidDesigns.

SO...I decided to try my hand at making one of these fashionable, trendy scarves using some fantastic yarn my friend gave me for my birthday! It's super soft, is this amazing mossy green color, and has a mohair look...without the itch...and it's washable! LOVE.

So this is what I made! It's a really simple mesh-style cowl. The yarn is stretchy enough that if you have a small can double it up, or wear it loose! It was surprisingly warm, even though it has a sort of open pattern, too! I've simply called it Chunky Mossy Green Cowl!

If you're into crochet or knit, I'm sure you can come up with some fun cowls this season, too! Feel free to share any links in the comments!


Cecily said...

Lovely! I've been thinking of making one or two of these as Christmas presents. These are all gorgeous.

Mindy said...

That turned out really cute! I don't think I can pull it off, but I like the look on other people. =)

Beth said...

I'm with you, I never knew what a cowl was until last year! I tried one, and failed. So, I'm over it! But, I love yours!

Thank you for linking this up to Fibers on Friday! I would love to see you back with any other yarn projects you come up with!

amanda j said...

I love the hooded one. Probably because I spend so much time in drafty, unheated churches. (And I sort of feel like mbgdesigns and flutterbyhannah might be neighbors! Their pictures look so cohesive!)

Love the apple green variation, Sarah; and I love more that you got YARN for your birthday. ;P Nice post!

Hannah said...

Thanks for linking to my cowl! I probably wouldn't have known what they were a year ago, either.. and now I sell them and make loads of money! Woohoo!!! Except, I don't really make loads. I wish. :D

This man is not my neighbor, although he looks like he would be a lucrative neighbor to have if he would let me take pictures of my stuff on him. :)

Sarah the Stylist said...

LOVE cowls! I found a couple really cool ones for a feature I did last year on my blog for how to stay warm with short hair.

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