"I started photographing my domestic world and writing not just about what I had made,
but why I made it, examining the thoughts that accompany creativity and the act of making."
Jane Brocket from The Gentle Art of Domesticity p. 189 UK edition

Sunday, March 17, 2013


As I typed a few days ago, my great-niece sent me 16 skeins of wool yarn!  I thought she might be able to use a cowl hood in Nebraska where she lives and the winters are cold and windy, so I used a little over three skeins to make one for her.  After a couple of false starts I ended up chaining about 75, then alternating rows of single and double crochet.  I threaded yarn from top to bottom at the join of the cowl, pulled it together to form a gather and sewed a little sheep button on top. Then I persuaded all the girls of the household to model the cowl, except for Molly and me.  Tomorrow I hope to pop it in the mail to fly to my great-niece :-)

Today we ate corned beef and cabbage, boiled potatoes and carrots.  Did you?



  1. Lovely cowl Gracie and gorgeous girls right down to the little one ☺ Your meal looked yummy. Going to have lunch here soon, hot smoked salmon mmm mmmm lol

  2. Oh Gracie, that turned out beautifully. The way you gathered it makes it even more beautiful. You have some gorgeous girls in your house to model for you. :-). No corned beef here. We grilled burgers and sausage! I'm driving home tomorrow and hope to see you on my next trip!.

  3. Good job on the cowl, Gracie! I got a kick out of seeing all the models.. right down the the baby! We had roast beef simmered in the crockpot for hours, my goodness it was tender and delicious! I had wanted to make corned beef and cabbage but it didn't happen. Sure missed being with you all on friday. This cold has gone to my lungs and my diaphragm is so sore from coughing. Hope to see you soon. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  4. That looks wonderful Graie! Your niece will be very happy.and you are so lucky ... All the girls on your family are absolutely gorgeous.
    Yes, we eat corned beef, mashed potatoes and green beans... An almost authentic Irish dinner.
    Happy St. Patrick's day to you.
    It was great to see you Friday.

  5. Oh how cute! The sheep button is the perfect finishing touch and the corned beef and cabbage looks yummy. Happy St. Patty's day to you!

  6. That's a great cowl, Gracie. Pattern sounds simple enough for me (beginner crocheter!) so I may have to give it a try too.
    I'm sure your niece will love it. Have a great week, xx

  7. I love the cowl and oh my that sheep button is adorable, Hugs to you sweet Gracie,

  8. Hi Gracie. The cowl is beautiful, and I love the color for Spring!!!
    I did cook a corned beef, but we will slice it for Reuben's tonight.
    Hugs to you, my friend.
    XO Kris

  9. I dont know which model is cutest! It s a great finish.

    We had no cb and cabbage, but we did enjoy the day

  10. Hi the cowl is lovely Gracie and your models are beutiful. No corned beef here. Love &hugs Anne x



  12. Looks lovely I bet she will love it.

  13. I really like the colour you've used, green is one of my faves. I don't know if you noticed but it made me laugh, how the snood looked bigger and bigger the smaller the person that was modelling it :p

    What will you do with the other 13 skeins?! We didn't have the same dinner as you, in fact we had a very lazy pizza & potato wedges, but I was out climbing & J cooked so I had no say :p x

  14. That is so beautiful! Well done you with making up such a lovely pattern.

    No corned beef in this (mostly) vegetarian household, but we did have some green vegetables!

  15. Lovely cowl, so soft and pretty, and how clever you invented the pattern Gracie! I like how you had lots of different models to pose for you!
    Wishing you a happy weeek.
    Helen x

  16. Such a pretty green, and the sheep button is the perfect finishing touch. :)

    I can't remember what we ate on St. Pat's day - oh yes. It was braised chicken. (Not at all Irish.) :)

  17. No, today I have made a batch of Bolognaise sauce for 10 people.We will eat 2 with spaggetti and Parmesan. Minced beef, tinned tomatoes, tomato puree, carrots, lentils, garlic, onion, herbs and a sauce base of oxo cube and flour and stock.
    Looks like Grand daughter is serving tea. The cowl suits everyone.


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