I love pretty much anything to do with owls. There are just so many fascinating things to write about owls in both myth and reality. They represent wisdom and have long stood as the symbol of Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom. They represent mystery and have been respected for 30,000 years as impressive creatures, making their first appearance in ancient cave drawings and Egyptian hieroglyphics. Not to mention that they’re just plain adorable. Besides, any gathering of a creature that is known as a “parliament” gets an A in my book. It doesn’t get much cooler than that. So what better way to say “owl always love you” (Sorry, couldn’t help myself. Won’t happen again) to that special baby in your life than to knit an owl cabled sleep sack? Well, you’re in luck, because we have just the pattern. Jenna knit this cabled sleep sack for her nephew, Harrison Upton Colvert, out of two balls of Amy Butler’s Belle Organic Aran by Rowan. Each ball of Belle Organic consists of 98 yards of 50/50% cotton/wool yarn. This makes a perfect combination for baby items. You get the warmth and memory of the wool coupled with the durability of the cotton. Trust me, knitting with this yarn is a “hoot” (Please forgive all the owl puns. I just can’t help myself).
And if this pattern intimidates you at all, then just sign up for the two-part class held on Saturday, August 10th and 24th from 10:30-11:30. The cabling in the pattern is just enough to help you get the hang of cabling without being so overwhelming that you tire of cables. You’ll also learn how to knit in the round and decrease in addition to the cabling. If you’re interested in taking the class, you’ll need approximately 200 yards of worsted/aran weight yarn, size US 6, 32” needles, and a cable needle. So hopefully owl see you there! (Ok, now I’m finished). -Michael