Tuesday, October 5, 2010


The Aravis Cowl!

 Making our grand prize winner in the "Name that Cowl Contest"  Woolcat!

Congratulations to Woolcat, who wrote:

I suggest the "Aravis Cowl" - because I am reading "The horse and his boy" to my daughter, and I think Aravis would have loved a cowl like this - it has just enough femininity and mystery, and just enough practicality, for a well-bred Tarkheena like Aravis who is not afraid to take on an adventure. Also I can totally see Aravis looking good in purple. And she could have used the hood to hide in when she didn't want to be recognised. And there is no Aravis pattern on Ravelry, so you'd be original!

I read "The Horse and His Boy" as a child, but when Woolcat suggested the Aravis cowl, I decided to do a little research on the character.  I headed to Wikipedia to read the account of Aravis, whose character did seem to be the perfect name for this cowl.

There were also some other names I liked, and I'll give those a quick mention here.  

Monkeymama wrote:
I suggest the Ludington Cowl, since some of your patterns have location names and I just picture walking in a senic area while wearing that cowl.

But, Ludington is a top on Ravlery. Maybe the Madeline Island Cowl?

I thought monkeymama must know me pretty well, because before I made this a contest, I was thinking about going with Ludington Cowl!  I have named my other cowls after places I've been to, and since we just took a short trip to Ludington, this would be keeping with the theme.  Tara also caught on to the places themed and suggested the following:

I love that you've named some of your patterns for things in Michigan, so how about Purple Rose for the theatre?

Jennie saw this and suggested:

I like Tara's comment on you naming things after places in Michigan. This cowl looks like something I would definitely wear on a perfect fall day like today. One of my favorite places to be in the fall is Kensington Metropark so I vote for the Kensington cowl. It also looks like the sky when sun coming up over the lake at the park!

Kensington cowl sounded so great, and I only live about 15 minutes away from Kensington, but unfortunately 'Kensington Cowl' already has a presence on Ravelry.

As mentioned in the original post, Woolcat will receive the new Aravis Cowl pattern along with a skein of Malabrigo Worsted to complete the project (yup- that's all it takes!).

All the others I mentioned here will also have the pdf pattern sent to them, just because I like the way they were thinking!  

Also, as promised the first five commenters will also be receiving a copy of the pdf pattern. This includes: Lisa, Chelles, Beth, Joyce Laurie, and Three Birds Jewelry

If you don't hear from me by the end of the day, it means I have no way of contacting you.  You can send me an email at melynda [at!] frenchpressknits.com to let me know where to send the pattern.

Thanks, and congrats to all the winners.  Remember, it's not too late to enter the Never Not Knitting Pattern Giveaway! (and don't be surprised if you see another giveaway pop up tomorrow!)

***pattern should be posted and available for purchase later today, I will post again when it's ready to roll!***


  1. I thought you would pick either Aravis or Kensington! I love the name great job Woolcat! I love the name. Amanda

  2. I LOVE the name that was picked! And you are just such a lovely person Melynda. Thank you so much! :)

  3. Love the cowl! Love the name! Perfect Fall knitting! :)

  4. I have the yarn for this at home right now! And I keep checking Ravelry for it again and again, because it is a gorgeous pattern and I must knit it. Now. Right this second. I am a bit obsessed...

  5. I love the Michigan theme. I too live about 15 minutes from Kensington. This is a beautiful pattern. Cowls seem to be all the rage this year and I am always cold. Nice to have other options than just a scarf

  6. Great name! I love the idea of character association...and unlike a (my) color themed name you’re not cornered in by a color.

  7. I'm so glad you liked the name! Can't wait to knit it!

  8. Thank you for the pdf! I am looking forward to knitting the Aravis. I've never used Malabrigo, but am going to buy some for this project.

    I really like the name you went with!

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