Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Draft Dodger

It has been raining nonstop for six days and I am pasted into my studio easy chair, unmoving, except to return to my bed later in the day. Reading mysteries and knitting and unknitting have filled my days, while the rain is filling up every dimple in the yard, inviting mosquitos to breed, keeping us indoors.

I am thinking about cooler weather and what to do about the draftiness I usually feel at the back of my neck. This collar might be the answer.

My previous solution were these shortie shawls, but the ties kept getting into the dishwater, and really aren't they a little too glamorous to wear daily?

This is the place I need to keep warm, and yet not too warm, hence the openess of the collar.

I scoured the pages of Ravelry thinking I wanted to make a cowl, which is so fashionable these days. But alas I do not have the luxury of a long swanlike neck, as doth this beauty display.

Nope. Cowls usually look like this on me...

So I wanted something a bit more shoulder-covering and not so much the spot were my neck might have been had I been born more fortunate.

So I designed this Draft Dodger and used Poems yarn because I had it leftover and knew I wasn't going to use it for anything else...not my fave colorway. But now that I have worked out the kinks, I think I will find something in my stash that will be more me and make a second one.


  1. Great idea! Is this something a beginning Knitter might be able to do?

  2. Veddy cool. Or warm, whatever.

  3. You are oh so cleaver & it just so happens I love the color so maybe you will put it in the mail once you have a new one of course. LOL by the way, here in Wisconsin today is the first day in many weeks that we do have rain & what a relief it is!

  4. I think what you have created is called a Dickie! An Exterior Dickie to be worn outside where it shows the beautiful knitting and yarn! That's a terrific idea! I love it!

  5. I always wanted a long elegant neck..... hmmmmmmm.

  6. The draft dodger collar is a great idea. Might you try making a cowl with a shorter neck?

    Kristin F. in SC

  7. Anonymous11:15 PM

    Ooh! So neat & pretty! Of course, rain = no work on your new deck :-( We of course are having HEAT - today it was 112 in my backyard!

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