52 craft projects // empire snood

November 5, 2013

I love fall – it’s usually the season of creating for me. Pretty much all through November and December I’m busy planning and making Christmas gifts. I’m currently knitting a cardigan for my dad (he knows already because I had him choose the pattern so I’m not revealing a secret here…) but as much as I love knitting big projects, I really appreciate a quick and easy knitting project that gives you instant gratification.

So when I was contacted by We Are Knitters a couple weeks ago and asked whether I’d like to receive one of their knitting kits in exchange for a review I couldn’t refuse. I received the empire snood kit in a beautiful packaging only days later. Although they ship from Spain it was super fast and only took three days!

Knitting kits are great for beginner knitters, because they include everything you need for the project. Yarn, needles, pattern, a link to their homepage with lots of how-to videos and tutorials and even a tapestry needle!
But to be quite honest, I was glad it was a kit because even though I’ve been knitting for years, I didn’t own 15mm needles. Knitting with big needles was definitely outside my comfort zone but after only a couple of rows you get used to it. But be aware – huge knitting needles are not suited for knitting in class because they take up a lot of space đŸ˜‰
The needles are made of beechwood and are super smooth and really light considering their size…
I was able to finish the cowl in two evenings with lots of interruptions; if I had been more focused I could’ve easily finished it in one evening. So if you’re looking for last minute gift ideas… this cowl is a quick knit (or just give away the kit and convert a friend to knithism!).
My beautiful friend Hyunji offered to model the cowl – isn’t she beautiful?! I think the cowl suits her really well and we’ve had a lot of fun shooting these photos on campus. There might have been a couple of guys whistling and staring at us…
The yarn is made of 100% Peruvian wool and it’s super soft and warm. You can also purchase the yarn separately so if you’d like to knit another pattern or make up your own. I’m secretly dreaming of a big snowy owl using this yarn because it would be sooo soft. Sigh…

Detailed yarn information etc. can be found on the ravelry project page.

Please note: I received the knitting kit for this project from We Are Knitters for free in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.
52craftprojects2013This is project #30 of 52 craft projects I’m attempting to complete in 2013.
You can see all the other projects I’ve complete so far here.

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  • Reply Angela November 5, 2013 at 14:36

    I love the look of this and it looks beautiful on your friend! Happy to see there are also crochet kits!

  • Reply Nancy November 5, 2013 at 16:28

    Beautiful photos of your friend and the cowl.

    Large needles are, indeed, awkward to use. I try to use a variety of needle sizes, but anything over a US 11 is tedious for me. I spend more time fumbling with them than actually knitting.

  • Reply Lisa November 6, 2013 at 13:53

    Very very lovely! It looks very warm and squishy – perfect for winter. I also love this time of the year because I feel like there are so many amazing things to knit (but never enough time).

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