What it is: The Sartorial Cowl by Star Athena
Why I made it: I found this handspun-looking yarn on the swap table at Common Cod a few years ago. Intrigued by its production (windspun and dyed with natural dyes in Maine) and the gorgeous rusty shade, I brought home with me two fat skeins. A few weeks later I found the Sartorial Cowl pattern, and bereft of anything else to knit, cast on. The slightly thick-thin texture had a rustic look to it that I thought would work nicely with her more polished pattern.
Lessons learned: While I was making this I learned a lot about how to knit slipped stitches. For a bigger picture lesson, I also figured out that knowing your yarn — and knowing whether it’s truly suitable for a pattern — is an important skill when sitting down to work on something.