Nailed It or Failed It: The Great Pinterest Challenge

In CategoryKnitting, Nailed It or Failed It


It’s that time again! My Twitter pals and I have chosen a project from Pinterest to blog about.

This month I chose something a little more challenging than the Magic Eraser Toilet Cleaning Experiment or the Homemade Shaving Cream Fiasco.

This month I chose the Honey Cowl.


The Honey Cowl is a free pattern by the amazing yarn manufacturer Madelinetosh. Here’s the Ravelry link, where you can see almost NINE THOUSAND other Honey Cowls.

Here I am feeling like an idiot for taking pictures of myself.

does this smile look fake? it feels fake. this is dumb. how do people DO this? 

Here I am realizing that the cowl is basically inside out and the previous 8 million pictures don’t even show the pattern stitch –

see that line between my eyebrows? I’d botox the crap out of that if Jim would let me

Here I am getting distracted by all the gray stripes in my hair –

yes, I am really that pasty.  

Honey Cowl for the WIN! Totally Nailed It.




Miscellaneous Pattern Notes:

I used Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Flash Dance held double for the Honey Cowl. I cast on with 32″ size 9s, knit a row, then switched to 8s and continued the pattern. I only knit it about 8 inches wide, because I am not sure how much fabric my mother-in-law will want around her neck. I didn’t block it, because I think it’s perfect the way it is. I love the rolling edges and didn’t see any reason to wrestle with them. At the end, I switched to 9s, knit one row, and cast off using the Stretchy Bind Off.

This pattern was super easy, super pretty, and I think it’s a fun knit as well. Holding the yarn double really added to the depth of the color, and the Tosh Merino Light has a gorgeous sheen to it. It was great tv knitting, and went relatively quickly.


Check out my Twitter pals and see how their projects turned out!

12 Responses to “Nailed It or Failed It: The Great Pinterest Challenge”

  1. Dawn Says:

    The cowl is beautiful, and you look great!

  2. Applie Says:

    Totally Nailed It! It is georgous and I can’t wait to start mine.

    I don’t see any gray. I do like the purple hair. You should get purple highlights.

  3. kristy Says:

    Lookit how adorable you are all made up! Cute as a button. And that cowl is to die for. It is beautiful Definitely nailed it!
    kristy´s last blog post ..December Nailed It or Failed It Challenge: Christmas Edition

  4. chocolatechic Says:

    I can hardly look at the cowl for how drop dead gorgeous you are.

    Great job.
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  5. Nan | Says:

    I don’t have grey hair. I have naturally occurring platinum highlights. My sons are hoping they develop into a skunk stripe in manner of a cartoon villain. Niiiiiiiiiiice.

    But that’s a lovely cowl — you’re very talented. Beautiful, too.
    Nan |´s last blog post ..Warp Speed Wednesdays: The Wrath of John?

  6. hi kooky Says:

    You look beautiful! And the honey cowl looks very lovely and cozy and WOW do I wish I wanted to learn how to knit enough to actually do it. Almost, but not quite. Maybe soon.
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  7. Donna Says:

    Purple looks great on you. I agree with Applie regarding the purple highlights.

  8. Kevin Says:

    Does that impressive Honey Cowl by any chance hide a Honey boo blah… I can’t even say it, it’s so bad.

    You look great! Just say no to botulism toxins. Hurray for Jim protecting you from yourself. 🙂

  9. Rose Says:

    I love it!!! and you look great, we are always our own worse critics 😉

    I should make one while I’m on break!!!!
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  10. Jessica Says:

    Ok, you got me, I have to try this!
    Jessica´s last blog post ..Christmas Elf

  11. tracey Says:

    I love you, you aren’t pasty and purple is your color GIURRRLLL.
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  12. Ingi Says:

    I finally know what you look like!!! That’s not grey hair, I’ll show you grey hair, baby!
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