A cow? Around your neck?

soft as a cloud cowl knittedIt always takes a while to get back into the swing of school after any holiday. Start of the third week, and I think we are there. Bags packed, uniform clean and folded…. ok, maybe not always folded, but ready. Even polished shoes. Occasionally. After-school activities restarted. Check.

I’m able to walk the dogs again*. Only one at a time. I’m not sure I’d manage to hold on to both dogs if a deer, or anything running for its life, jumped out in front of us. It’s happened in the past. Cats and rabbits are more usual. Instead, I’ve taken to walking one dog down to school in the morning and the other one to pick up the children at the end of the day.

soft as a cloud cowl knitted sideWhich brings me nicely on to my cashmere cowl. Not only is it warm and soft to wear, but easy. When orchestrating one dog, two children and a whole lot of bags, wrestling with a scarf is one thing too many. Scarves always seem to undo, at the very moment a cat springs out and a bag falls off my shoulder, while a tractor is approaching and one child is sulking 200m behind me, because I refused/forgot/said…..oh goodness, I don’t know what.

frost on rosemary bush

A cowl is easier. It may not prevent the cat incident or parenting faux pas, but it does stay round my neck at the crucial moment. One less issue to deal with.frost on metal pole

It was luxurious to knit and even lovelier to wear. No itchiness. Perfectly warm. I have fallen in love with cashmere.

If I was to change one small aspect of this cowl, it would be to make it either slightly smaller or long enough to go round twice. It loops down a tad too far. Not much, just enough to let in cold air, but mostly I prefer the tighter-fit look. Not a big problem, but next time I would add less stitches when I cast on.

stain glass frosted blackberry leavesOur recent cold weather has meant I’ve been wearing my cowl a lot. Strangely not enough for the children to tire of mishearing me.

“What cow? Why would you wear a cow around your neck?”


I wonder when the novelty will wear off.

Orange willow against blue sky

Never mind, there is always cake. Little almond cakes in mini loaf cases. Just adorable.

I made these for packed lunches, but turns out they’re a little too big to eat in the alloted time. I’ve forced myself to eat one at every elevenses this week. Because I do have enough time to eat them.


While I munch, I’ve also been adding a few more stitches to my latest Dear Daughter quilt block. I couldn’t resist laying them out to see how they looked. I reckon I’m about half way through. Although Eldest, rather sweetly said that she doesn’t want me to finish, as it would be the end of the letters too. Dear Daughter quilt

I’m sure a finished quilt will more than make up for it.


*A neck injury a year ago. Not caused by the dogs, but a sudden pulling by a dog would not have aided recovery. Never fear, the dogs were walked by my husband in the meantime. A year would have been a long time to cross their legs.

8 thoughts on “A cow? Around your neck?

  • Thursday 21 January, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    Funny how some jokes never grow old (well to them anyway!..we just have to put up with it :o) )

    The cowl looks and sounds lovely. Aren’t they useful . Oldest mad me one for a present a while back and it is lovely (her knitting is better than mine …she knits bears for Mother Bear ..lots of them so she puts me to shame)

    Those almond cakes look scrumptious ..but as I just tried on my swimming cossie and as it was not a good experience for me or it…my will power is stronger for a change …

    • Thursday 21 January, 2016 at 6:18 pm

      Isn’t it wonderful when they learn a skill and really run with it….or maybe walk carefully – in the case of knitting needles.

      I’m hoping all the dog walking will counteract the cake eating, but I’m not going to put it to the swimming costume test. Not yet anyway.

  • Thursday 21 January, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    mad … made …sorry about that

    • Thursday 21 January, 2016 at 6:18 pm


  • Thursday 21 January, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    Gosh I’m spamming you but I just reread and realised I’d missed the bit about your neck …hopefully much better.
    I really recommend this harness for walking the dog it really works …we used various types of collar and harness as our hound a Border collie cross occasionally displays a death/murder wish to chase cars…. I once fastened the leash round my waist….. one way to end up on your knees with a really sore back (really stupid I know )
    We given this harness and it is nothing short of miraculous and well worth a bit of work to find…
    The company is now called 2 hounds designs
    as one woman once said “I don’t quite know why they work so well but they do”
    Your comment box doesn’t allow cut and paste so hopefully I’ve typed the address in correctly ..search Wiggles Wags and Whiskers No-pull freedom harness if it doesn’t.. it is that good honestly ..I couldn’t walk our hound with out it.

    • Thursday 21 January, 2016 at 6:35 pm

      Just taken a quick look at the site. Interesting that the reviews include greyhound, great dane and a wolfhound cross. Seems to suggest that it would work on my two huge hounds. Thanks for the link. My neck feels better. Off to see consultant next week, so fingers crossed he agrees with me!

      • Thursday 21 January, 2016 at 10:08 pm

        Our neighbor who is nearly 80 has one with her Wolfhound …and walks her on ice with it …braver than me I might add.
        btw Fingers crossed for you here.

        • Friday 22 January, 2016 at 12:35 am

          Hats off to your neighbour. I have an image of people downsizing when it comes to dogs, as they grow older. I guess you don’t know until you get there. I’m with you about the ice.

          And thank you.

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