Cowl Neck

I’ve never knit a cowl-neck or turtleneck sweater before.  Maybe because I remember my mother making me sweat out a fever in a mustard colored turtleneck under five blankets when I was a little girl.  It wasn’t the dark ages, just the seventies.  So glad I narrowly escaped the leeching.

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The story isn’t completely backward, though.  My mother felt so sorry for me, all wan and sweaty in bed, that she pulled the covers back, put me on her lap, covered us both up, and read to me all afternoon.  I still remember her reading Grover and The Everything in the Whole Wide World Museum, her imitation of Grover saying, “Hello, little Small Hall” is as clear in my mind as if it were yesterday.

So turtlenecks aren’t completely ruined for me.  Obviously, because I’ve been wanting to make Sexxxy Librarian for some time.  The cowl is knit very long then doubled over and sewn in.  I’ve got about 8 inches to go, but that is what a Friday night is for, right, partay animals?

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  1. Can't wait to see this one! I have similar feelings about tight fitting turtlenecks. For a long time, my mom would buy me tight fitting turtleneck sweaters, and force me to wear them, and I always felt so constricted. It wasn't until I was older that I came to appreciate the looser fitting cowl neck.

  2. Cowl necks seem so much classier than a standard turtleneck. That's such a lovely memory with your mom. And yeah, Friday night knitting is pretty standard for this party animal too. Can't wait to see more of that sweater!

  3. Well I'm just getting around to responding, but, yeah, I love the cowl neck. I haven't had a claustrophobic fit yet, so I guess I'm ok 🙂

  4. Thank you, and that is one of my favorite memories of her. It's a Friday evening at the moment and my plans are: groceries and knitting. Ha!

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