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Valley Yarns 550 Road Trip Cowl

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013
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Our Store Associate, Ping Wood, designed this fun cowl. She shares with us a few fun modifications and the inspiration behind the design.

road trip cowlWhy design a cowl that looks like a road?
My commute to WEBS is approximately 50 minutes. Besides singing my favorite songs at the top of my lungs, what I like about my commute are the rare moments of solitude and reflection. It was during one of these drives, when I was struck by metaphors about the road, and the journey of life, and the importance of enjoying the journey – not just the destination–that the Road Trip Cowl was conceived. I wanted a clever, wearable, gender-neutral reminder to enjoy life’s journey.

As with all journeys, each is unique. One of the beauties of this cowl is that it can be easily personalized. Have some fun and take a little creative journey.

The #550Road Trip Cowl is modeled after Interstate 91 in New England. You can change the stripes to reflect 2- lane rural or suburban roads by changing the position of the yellow and white stripes. On 2-lane roads, the solid white stripes frame the two sides of the road and yellow solid or dashed lines mark the lanes.

If you live in a region where it snows, you are familiar with potholes. Why not add a few potholes? Potholes are like little setbacks, sometimes you just can’t avoid them. Grab some black yarn and embroider some circular shapes. Just like real potholes, they don’t have to be pretty. In the adaptation below, I call this “Cross Bronx Expressway”.

Add potholes to your road

Many of our highways are adorned with fields of native flowers. Many of these fields were planted in the late 1960’s as part of the Highway Beautification Act. It was a cause championed by Ladybird Johnson. How about a little reminder to enjoy the view by adding some flowers to your cowl? You can embroider flowers on your cowl using yarn scraps. Even easier, you can add flower-shaped buttons.

Add flower buttons to your cowl

Here is a great no-sew method to add buttons to your cowl: use magnets as button fasteners. Grab a collection of flower shaped buttons and regular flat buttons. Purchase small magnets at your local craft or hardware store. (Warning: these magnets are strong and should be kept away from children less than 3 years of age). Use a strong adhesive, such as super glue, hot glue or E6000. Glue the magnet onto the flat button:

Using magnets to secure button decoration

Repeat, gluing a magnet to the back of the flower shaped button. After the glue sets, the flower-shaped button can be secured to the front of the cowl with the flat button.

With this no-sew method you can change decorative accents on your cowl based on your mood, season or message. Here are a few ways you can add clever elements:

  • Use leaf-shaped buttons to create an autumnal theme.
  • Express your love of wool and make a sheep crossing.
    roadtrip sheep
  • Glue a magnet to small Matchbox car, and you’ll have a car and track available to keep a child occupied during a doctor’s appointment or meal at restaurant.
  • Create a zombie highway. Raid your child’s toy chest or purchase small toy plastic figures (available at toy and craft stores). Use a gray and black permanent marker and some red nail polish, and voila, you have a zombie.

Whether you keep it simple or trick out your ride, the cowl design enables you to personalize the piece. Take the creative journey with the Road Trip Cowl, and most of all, enjoy the ride!