Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Xanax Cowl Kit.

Holiday stress can be intense.  

Holiday knitting stress can put you over the proverbial edge.

But it doesn't have to be that way.  Just pick the right pattern.  Something very easy.  Something very fast.  Something in a special yarn or with a special touch that elevates it from "homemade" to "handmade."

Last year, our go-to gift pattern was the Necks Big Thing.  This year, we present...

The Xanax Cowl Kit.


You can also wear it folded over, like this:


Here's all you do:
  1. Cast on 52 stitches in Malabrigo Rasta using #17 needles (straight or circular, doesn't matter, 'cause you're working back and forth).
  2.  *Knit 2, Purl 2* to the end.  Repeat this row to desired length (I did 20 rows).  Cast off loosely in pattern.
  3. Feel your holiday stress melt away as you realize you can churn out a cowl in less than one episode of "Here Comes Honey Boo-Boo." 
Use our stunning Jul pedestal buttons instead of a seam, and you just saved another 15 minutes.  These buttons screw into the piece and are made of leather...


Cracked coconut shell and leather...


Or dried ferns and leather.



You just unscrew the pedestal button, separating the larger, "front" of the button from the smaller "back" disc.  Place the front wherever you want it to close your cowl, then use the back as a sort of washer on the back of the cowl, and screw it back together.  This protects your yarn and keeps the button firmly in place.  Here's what it looks like on the back of your cowl.  It's nice and smooth and flat.


Awesomeness.

The kit comes in 3 colorways:  Lettuce/Black Leather.


Or Belgian Chocolate/Cracked Coconut.



Or Natural/Fern.


You can order the kits here.  Easy peasy.  

Ahhh...don't you feel more relaxed now?

- Shelley
shop online at loopsknitting.com

43 Comments:

Anonymous Carolyn Munholland said...

I'm making mitts, monsters, scarves and hats for Christmas presents. Love all of your fb and blog posts. Wish I lived closer so I could shop at your store more:)

November 2, 2012 at 5:50 AM  
Blogger Kim said...

Casting on this weekend! Itwill make some awesome Christmas presents. Will purchase the kit as soon as I have some extra money!

November 2, 2012 at 5:51 AM  
Anonymous Stephanie said...

What beautiful colors! I can't wait to get into the store again- it's been too long!

November 2, 2012 at 6:00 AM  
Anonymous Melissa said...

I'm knitting up some Prairie Boots in Katia Nepal for my sweet daughter in law.
-Melissa

November 2, 2012 at 6:08 AM  
Anonymous Susan Lee said...

With Thanksgiving only three weeks away and fifteen people coming to my house, I could definitly use a stress reliever. Love all the colors, don't know how I would choose. Thanks for the inspiration and the visual motivation to remind me to make knitting a priority thru this busy time!

November 2, 2012 at 6:10 AM  
Anonymous Kim Garza said...

Love this! Planning to make an infinity scarf for one of my BFFs... this looks much more managable. I always plan too many projects for the Holidays! Love your site and your blogs... hope to visit the store one day.

November 2, 2012 at 6:13 AM  
Blogger Donnetta Johnson said...

I have WAY too many knitting projects that I have to complete for Christmas and not enough time to do them all! Hats and blankets and mittens...Oi vey!

November 2, 2012 at 6:28 AM  
Blogger ncmmom said...


















I am working on a pair of toe up two at a time socks and a lace kerchief for my two daughters for christmas. I wish I had the time and inclination to knit all the other things I would like to for christmas. I also wish I would think of this in January!

November 2, 2012 at 6:38 AM  
Blogger Kristin said...

I've made 2 scarves and I have been knitting several Christmas ball ornaments (Deck the Balls with Aran from Kalmazoo Knits) - they are turning out so cute! They are so quick to make. I have finished off some red yarn that I had leftover, and I got some new white and gold yarn with sparkle - now just looking for some pretty green yarn!

This cowl looks super cute! Love the buttons.

November 2, 2012 at 6:58 AM  
Blogger Christina L Birch said...

It was two years ago this month that I began knitting and have had nothing but FUN FUN FUN there after. A BIG thank you to Utica's Gina for all my wonderful lessons!

November 2, 2012 at 7:00 AM  
Anonymous Amy p said...

Hey, Shelley and Loopies! I'm making a set for Bea using Adriafil Knit Col -- The Child's Self-striping Hat with matching socks and mittens. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/childs-self-striping-hat

November 2, 2012 at 7:07 AM  
Anonymous Anna Gross said...

For gifts this year I am making cowls and simple shawls. I have a few requests for the ruffling yarn scarves so I guess I am adding that to the list also! LOVE the chocolate yarn with coconut buttons LOVE!
(annamariegross at me dot com)

November 2, 2012 at 7:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm new to this and using my husband's Facebook page. Hope this works. My brother's home in NJ was destroyed. I can't be there to help. Am making a prayer shawl for him. The least I can do.

November 2, 2012 at 7:10 AM  
Anonymous christie said...

Sheely, you look great in tht cowl. Right now I am making the bow gloves for everyone I know. Might make them a matching cowl next. Thanks for the pattern!
christie

November 2, 2012 at 7:14 AM  
Blogger Katherine David said...

Thanks for reminding me- I've got to get started on my holiday knitting! This cowl looks like the perfect gift for my BFF. Looks like I need to make a trip to Loops! :)

November 2, 2012 at 7:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is my 8th attempt to post! I must be a robot because I can't type the two words correctly! Going to give it one more try. Love the cowl, and Shelly you look great in it. I am making the bow gloves for everyone I know right now. They may get a matching cowl now!
Christie

November 2, 2012 at 7:26 AM  
Blogger beth said...

This cowl is great! And your combos are inspirational.

November 2, 2012 at 7:30 AM  
Blogger Jill Pratt said...

The name cracks me up, and I LOVE it! I'll be grabbing up several of these natural nerve calming remedies stat!! (Great prescription Dr. Loops!)

November 2, 2012 at 7:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am making three pairs of Audrey gloves with matching Brioche hats for my granddaugters using Berroco Flicker. Love the yarn.

Donna Chaney

November 2, 2012 at 7:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am making Windschief hats for friends and relatives using Rowan. Enjoying the quick knitting.

Carolyn Neiman

November 2, 2012 at 7:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am making several Orbitus hats -with Malabrigo Rios, leftover yarn and two from EcoDuo...it is a fun knit and goes quickly and you can usually get at least one from a skein...two from the EcoDuo. I know my niece and daughter will love it!!! MaryJo Wimbish

November 2, 2012 at 8:01 AM  
Blogger Nicole said...

Love this cowl! I'm making my mom and sister hats and cowls for Christmas this year and this looks like a cozy, quick knit I can get done in time.

November 2, 2012 at 8:01 AM  
Blogger Nicole said...

Love this cowl! I'm making my mom and sister hats and cowls for Christmas this year and this looks like a cozy, quick knit I can get done in time.

November 2, 2012 at 8:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am making more of the Necks Big Thing scarves. My nieces almost resorted to hair pulling over the few I had last year. Do I dare add the Xanax Cowl to the mix?

Janet Guest

November 2, 2012 at 8:20 AM  
Blogger ellesappelle said...

Slippers are all over my list this year. I'm 3/4 way through the first of a dozen pairs. Guess I better get my needles moving!

November 2, 2012 at 11:10 AM  
Blogger ellesappelle said...

Slippers are all over my list this year. I'm 3/4 way through the first of a dozen pairs. Guess I better get my needles moving!

November 2, 2012 at 11:11 AM  
Blogger ellesappelle said...

Slippers are all over my list this year. I'm 3/4 way through the first of a dozen pairs. Guess I better get my needles moving!

November 2, 2012 at 11:12 AM  
Blogger tresa said...

mitts , scarf, felted gecko.I miss coming to tulsa, haven't been in over a year :-(

November 2, 2012 at 11:15 AM  
Blogger Suzy In Oklahoma said...

I took the Brioche hat class from Gina so I'll be making at least on of those for Christmas .... the first is for me! I'm already knitting hand warmers and cowls! Thanks to Loops for making my life a more colorful place!

November 2, 2012 at 11:41 AM  
Blogger Susan said...

Love the cowl! I am making some glittens for my mom for Christmas.

November 2, 2012 at 12:08 PM  
Anonymous Melanie Williams said...

Am knitting a forget me not shawl for my sister...gonna bead the scallops..so excited. Wanna make a Xanax cowl for daughter in law..she loves browns.

November 2, 2012 at 12:11 PM  
Blogger Annie said...

Usually I knit shawls, scarfs, mitts as gifts...since I don't always know the size or have things come out the right size:), I tend to stick with these....I love the buttons for this cowl...pretty!

November 2, 2012 at 3:13 PM  
Blogger Mrs. S said...

Knitting a scarf for my son, but as soon as I am done, I will be casting on a few of these!

November 2, 2012 at 6:27 PM  
Blogger Mrs. S said...

Currently working on a scarf for my son, but I see this as many presents under the tree this year!

November 2, 2012 at 6:29 PM  
Anonymous Penny Krout said...

I'm weaving a scarf for my husband on my Cricket loom and some super soft sock yarn!

November 2, 2012 at 8:37 PM  
Blogger bschlot said...

I'm restarting the "Tiered Baby Coat" from last year. I procrastinated and the baby is now 2 1/2 years old. At least I bought extra yarn, so everything should be ok. I love this cowl, can't wait to visit "Loops" next week and pick up several "Rasta" for this cowl. I see several other colors I want to try. This will be quick & easy for the daughter, daughter-in-law, & daughter-in-law to be for Christmas!

November 3, 2012 at 2:16 PM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

I'm going to knit some napkin rings for gifts and maybe some teeny mochi for gift tie ons. This cowl looks like another hit.

November 3, 2012 at 2:40 PM  
Blogger M. Beach said...

The Xanas cowl is darling! I've just finished the State Street Cowl in Twinkle Baby Chunky and I love it! Quick to knit and great yarn and pattern.

November 3, 2012 at 5:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From Mary Beach: The Xanas Cowl is darling. May have to knit up a few this month. I just finished the State Street Cowl in Twinkle Baby Chunky and I love it. It is quick, super soft, and the pattern is well written.

November 3, 2012 at 5:42 PM  
Blogger Maggie W said...

I'm making fingerless mitts and scarves for Christmas. Hope I have enough time! Love Loops South and the Thursday night knit-ins.

November 3, 2012 at 6:02 PM  
Blogger moms90 said...

Where do we place buttonholes? Pattern does not indicate.

November 6, 2012 at 6:18 AM  
Blogger Shelley Brander said...

moms90, that's the awesome thing...there are no buttonholes! You attach the "afterthought" buttons, included in your kit, to form the cowl. I just updated the blog post with another photo to demonstrate.

November 6, 2012 at 7:52 AM  
Blogger Shelley Brander said...

And the winner, chosen by random integer generator (and including those who had trouble posting here, but posted comments on Facebook instead...) is Kathleen! Her comment was: "I'm going to knit some napkin rings for gifts and maybe some teeny mochi for gift tie ons. This cowl looks like another hit." Kathleen, please email me at shelley@loopsknitting.com to claim your prize. I will need your full name, email address and which location you will pick up your prize from - Utica or South. Thanks to everyone for your great comments! We are nearly sold out of all colors but have more on the way, plus a new color combo. To pre-order call 1-877-LOOPSOK.

November 6, 2012 at 7:58 AM  

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