I had a handmade gift planned for Phoebe and I finished it, but then I just got this bee in my bonnet to make her Katniss' cowl from Catching Fire. It happened days before Christmas and I obsessed on it.
I had already bought so many things for Christmas that I knew there was no more budget for yarn. Actually, I tried to find an inexpensive option but there was no grey heather to be found. I opted to frog my poncho.
I never wear it and the yarn is so awesome…I knew I would not regret taking it apart. I learned a lot from making the poncho, and it's time for this yarn to have a new life. (Incidentally I just read in the novel I am reading that the mother's would frog their children's sweaters after they grew out of them to make something new).
I scoured the internet, ravelry, etsy, every place to find a pattern for this cowl. I read a few free ones and studied photos. I finally decided I would just make it up. I am happy with nearly all of it. If I were to make another, I would make the coils wider, the 3rd coil I would make the same way I did the first two instead of just bulking it up with stitches, and I would make the wrap around shorter--it hangs too low in the back. Like I said, I was just improvising, so I had to make it work.
But honestly, I think it is one of the most authentic I have seen.
Truly one of my proudest accomplishments.