Cowl You Care

Sissy was delighted that so many of you were worried about her lack of cowl in yesterday’s post.  So for the lurkers and those who didn’t ask, she wore her cowl out the twenty times prior to the photos.  The cowl was soaked – freezing rain, anyone?  – so I decided she was better off without a cold, wet, pneumonia necklace.   Rest assured, Sis loves her cowl and had it on this morning.

Grab a snack, a beverage and plop down somewhere comfortable.  This is gonna’ be a long one.  Firstly, I failed to note that yesterday was Gretchen’s five-month birthday.   She’s really starting to develop what I assume is going to be her adult personality.  She’s affectionate, confident, and lives to please.  None of that is new, but she is starting to become more independent, in true JRT fashion though, which is to say that she is loyal to her pack and wants them VERY near, but she picks moments to express herself.

Now, an FO report.  MJ had requested black mitts, so I complied.

Pattern:  Fetching.   I used a worsted weight yarn and smaller needles, but the only real change I made to the pattern was I eliminated the picot bind off.  MJ has small hands, so there was no need for looser or longer.

Yarn:  Patons Classic Wool, in black.  (Hence, the lack of detail in the photos.)  A great, basic wool.  I think this is my go-to, worsted wool.

Needles:  Addi turbos #5, 24″.  The tips were a bit dull, but I do love that Addi cable.  I must confess to using a cable needle quite a bit on these.  Between the black on black yarn, the fuzz, and knitting with smaller needles than the yarn would have otherwise liked (to make dense, warm mitts), I just couldn’t always grab the cable stitches, especially on the cable back mitt.  (Anyone else find it easier to cable front without a needle, or do I just need more practice?)

Mitts would be my new socks if not for the fact that here in the freezing rain zone, there’s still more need for warm socks than a collection of mitts.  I can surely see why this pattern is so popular.

I also got a happy package in the mail yesterday. 

Actually, despite my name being on the package and the card, the rest of my household keeps laying claim to the goodies.   (Never fear; the chocolates won’t get near the fur-girls.)  The girls love the smelly soap and the cloth, and the Knight told them to eat the green stuff off of “his” cloth.  Hem, hem.  The man is very secure in his masculinity, but misguided enough to believe that EVERY knitted or crocheted cloth that enters the house is his.  Thank you, Dawn!  We’re all going to enjoy the goodies, it would seem… 

(And no, the girls won’t be allowed to chew on any of it.)

So, tell me ’bout your weekend!  We have an all-day scrapping event planned tomorrow, but I need to run out to Pins & Needles  (my favorite LYS, no website yet) before I settle in for a few hours.  Tonight, I’m going to push to finish the legs and maybe start the heels on my socks in progress.  (And yes G, I am into the legs!)  I’m trying the afterthought heel for the first time…   Sunday, I think we’re having breakfast with Bubba and his wife (maybe their teen son too, if we’re lucky; he’s a great kid, but we’re not cool enough to always get him to join us), and then I have the one o’clock meeting I slept through last Sunday.   I’ll be starting another pair of socks for my Super Bowl knitting, because I don’t have other knits I should be doing.  Hem.

steelerbannerpartyanimalGo Steelers!   If we didn’t have the scrapping thing tomorrow, I’d whip out some cowls in black and gold for the girls to wear…

I’m pretty excited.  Not only are the Steelers in the big game, but the Knight will actually be watching with me for a change.  He’s in a pool of some sort, so suddenly, he cares. 

Have a great weekend!

20 comments on “Cowl You Care

  1. Sue says:

    Sissy obviously needs a couple more cowls so that she can always have a dry one waiting to slip into.

  2. Aha! See, Sue agrees with me. Those sill socks can wait, right? Yes, weekend plans; big b-day party for the Pastor tonight, shopping etc tomorrow, another event Sunday early afternoon. No wonder so few are coming! Who would schedule an event on SB Sunday?

  3. Barbara says:

    My weekend includes knitting socks (and a few other things if I can tear myself away from the socks), church, making more bread because we are going to run out tomorrow afternoon if I don’t (big sacrifice, I know!), and getting some stuff gathered up to mail to multiple parts of the country. I might even throw in some sewing, or getting the front room ready to be turned into a sewing room. In other words, all stuff I love to do! (Of course, that means paying bill this afternoon so I can play guilt free.)
    Have a great weekend. (Oh, I will probably even watch a little football!)

  4. Krystle says:

    Love the fetching gloves, I’m working on a pair right now too! My mom made me a pair two holidays ago and I love, love, love them!! Hopefully its not too slippery at your house with the freezing rain! We’ve had plenty of that here, and man oh man is it slippery!!

    Have fun scrapping all day tomorrow 🙂

  5. gaylen says:

    My weekend includes finishing the vacuuming (which is currently running because all the dogs hate it and will leave me alone), knitting, sewing and most likely some grocery buying. Yuck! g

  6. gaylen says:

    ps – glad to hear you made it to waste yarn and beyond. MJ’s mitts are lovely hopefully they won’t end up in a desk drawer! g

  7. Nichole says:

    Without my Pats in the playoffs this year, its been a lot of “whatevers” as far as winning, but knowing a fee Steelers fans, I’d be happy to see them win 🙂 And yes, the girls need black & gold cowls… because, after all, they can then spend the rest of winter routing for the Bruins!!!

    Love MJ’s mitts!

  8. Anita says:

    There’s my girl Sissy! I miss her!! Doesn’t she want a vacation at the beach for a few weeks? LOL Little Gretchie could come too…. I’m just positive that Jazzy would love to have them visit! SNOL

    Love MJ’s mitts, you can see the cable really good on my monitor, they’re awesome!

    I’ll be knitting like a mad woman this weekend, hopefully! And I’m going to run to Little River & see if the material shop there has any buttons…. other than that, nothing exciting. 🙂

  9. Anita says:

    What? you don’t have anything else you should be knittin??? he he

  10. Marjie says:

    Go for the cowls…you only have a few days left! How about cutting down on unnecessary stuff, like sleep? It’s for the girls, you know!

    I told my guys I’ll vote for the nicest outfits when they run the fashion line through that nice gate. You can hear the groans, right? No, I’m not as dumb as I let on, but I have to amuse myself somehow!

  11. grace says:

    Since DD celebrates her 32nd birthday on super bowl sunday we have worked out a deal lunch and starbucks and then we will be free for the SuperBowl, Go Steelers.

    I agree about the cables, cable front no problem cable back need something to hold those suckers in place!!!

    Have a wonderful weekend, I have a contest appearing tomorrow on my blog, so if you get a minute check in!

  12. Dawn says:

    Glad ya’ll liked your goodies.
    Love the Fetching mitts!
    Have a Super weekend! hugs

  13. Natalie says:

    Go Steelers! Hi, Sissy and Gretchen!! Love the mitts! 🙂 Hope you have a great weekend!!!

  14. Bridget says:

    I recently finished a pair of Fetchings for a friend’s BD at the end of February – isn’t it a great pattern?

    And I totally agree – GO STEELERS!!

  15. Bubblesknits says:

    I admit, I watch the Superbowl for the commercials. 😉 Still think Sissy needs a Steelers cowl, though. The Fetchings look great! I still can’t cable without a cable needle, front or back, so you’re doing better than me. lol

  16. km says:

    This weekend, I am determined to finish putting away the Christmas decorations. They got into the boxes, but the boxes aren’t back up in the loft. And I will finish my Mitts. I’ve only got the thumb left on the 2nd mitt and then weaving in the ends. Then of course, we’ll be watching the game.

    I’m sure MJ was thrilled.
    I usually still use a cable needle, unless I’m able to slip the stitches off and rearrange them…slipping them back onto the left needle.

  17. Walden says:

    The art on the card of your package is beautiful. Gretchen is just so adorable in her little coat.

  18. Anita says:

    PS – I just gave you an award over at my blog. 🙂

  19. Kathy says:

    Go Steelers Go!!!!!!! Sissy looks quite spiffy:)
    Mr. Bettis is a bit jealous of the cowl. He wants a yellow and black cowl to wear for the Super Bowl. 🙂
    Love Miss Gretchen in that pink coat. She looks good in pink.
    I’ll be cheering, yelling and enjoying the game. DH is in some sort of pool too.

  20. Dianne says:

    I agree with everyone else that Sissy needs more cowls. She looks so adorable in them! Maybe she would like some “Fetching” mits, too.

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