This post was supposed to be written sometime in March when I actually knit this cowl. However, the days were cold, the light was scarce. I knit this, blocked, wore everyday and forgot about it till a few weeks ago when it started to turn chilly and just a cardigan extra in the morning was not working anymore. We need layers. I took out my cowl, reblocked it (I know, good knitters do this after the season, I check my knits prior to the season of wearing them and try to convince myself that not all of them need rewashing and reblocking, I am very successful in self persuasion).
So after I pulled it out this year, I realized it is as good as new - the yarn is amazing, it wears very well. Go on and try it yourself if you do not believe me. There's something to it that makes it hard to believe it's 100% wool.
This season I decided it is a tad too small for my liking and since after the washing and the fact that the yarn is such a champ there's no sign of me ever wearing it, I was feeling very smug about having a present for somebody and was cramming my head for suitable recipients till one presented herself quite unexpectedly. Yes, it is now being proudly worn by my 2-year-old. The cowl makes her feel an overachiever because she can put it on and take it off herself. And I am happy this knit and this yarn stay in the family. Ravelers might one day get a visual proof of it.
Oh yes, the yarn is Schoppel-Wolle Gradient. I used just a bit over half of a skein. For a toddler. Were it for me, it should be wider and longer, thus, probably a whole skein of Gradient.