Cowls and Jeans and Uggs, Oh My!

(If you don’t want to read my clever intro to my past and current projects, skip down to where it says, “My Style”)

Every time I take the Robug out people tell me how cute she looks and that she’s got her own little style—I love it, I really do.  I mean, who doesn’t love hearing how cute their kid is?  Have you seen her?  Come on, The Robug is adorable. 
Okay, now that I’m done bragging about how cute my kid is…What these other moms don’t say is that she must get her style from me, and based on how I look when I leave the house, I don’t blame them.  This is typically how I look when I leave the house (and, looking at it, I’m a little embarrassed)
I am definitely not one of those put-together mommies with nice purses and shoes and perfect make-up and hair; hell, I’m lucky if I get to shower before we leave the house.  I tend to throw on whatever is in the basket of clean laundry (why put it away?  I’m just going to wear it again…) with a pair of jeans; throw my hair into a ponytail, grab a hat, top it off with a pair of sneakers or Uggs: DONE.  I want to be able to layer: when I’m actually allowed to sit and chat, I tend to be cold; when I transform into the Mommy Jungle-gym, I want to be comfortable and cool.  Before The Robug dictated my wardrobe (because I have to run, chase, climb, crawl, sit on the floor, act as a jungle-gym and a horse occasionally—not practical in stilettos, and I would never put my Coach bags on the floor…), I looked good when I went out.   Now, quite honestly, I look like shit 🙂
So I struggle—I want to look cute like the other moms at story time and Target and the museums and the park, but I want to be comfortable and I want my clothes to be practical.  I’m also not willing to give up my jeans.  And this is what I came up with:
My Style
Skinny jeans—they stretch, so I can move, but they fit well and look more stylish
Long-sleeve cotton shirts—tons of colors, comfortable, can be layered
Boots—no heals but trendy, and I can still wear Uggs!
The only thing this outfit is missing is the Ginger Factor, what makes this me.  Then I remembered that I can both sew and knit, so I started knitting with some gorgeous yarn that I’ve had for two years, took my inspiration from this picture, and ended up with this:

Done on US 17 straight needles with Burly Spun 100% wool from Brown Sheep Company.  The tail tucks into the other end when it wraps around.


And that’s how I discovered that I am ALL ABOUT the cowl.  It’s easy, it’s practical, it’s versatile, and it’s stylish and trendy!  So, I made another one using this free pattern for a GAP-tastic Cowl:
Done on US 15 circular needles with Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick yarn I got from Joann’s (because I had coupons, I got the 3 skeins I needed for $12.00!).  I generally do not like acrylic, but this blend (80% acrylic/20% wool) actually felt nice.  I LOVE this cowl and will be making another but with better yarn.
This Herringbone Cowl is what I’m currently working on.

I have not gotten very far–I had two rows completed, but then realized it was going to be shorter than I wanted AND I had screwed up the stitch on the second row, so I frogged it and started over.  When I restarted, I cast on 236 stitches onto US 17 circular needles using Schoppel-Wolle Baby Alpaka Naturbellasen  (a.k.a. “Baby Alpaka with a K”) in a heather grey.  I only bought two skeins and I’m definitely going to need to get a third.  I cannot wait to finish it (hopefully by March 24th for The Robug’s birthday party) because the herringbone stitch is gorgeous and this yarn is AMAZING—sooooooooo soft!!!!  This site shows the yarn I’m using in the color I’m using making the cowl I’m making—this shows it almost completed.  I’ll post it again once my cowl is done.  If you’re on Ravelry and want to be friends, I’m under Gingermommy323!



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4 thoughts on “Cowls and Jeans and Uggs, Oh My!

  1. I struggle in a similar way. I have the dreaded muffin top so I want to camouflage that and yet still wear clothing that is comfortable and at least bordering on stylish. It’s a challenge. Love your cowls. Thanks so much for sharing at our party.

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