I was sitting on the couch mapping out my Christmas knitting battle plan one night after the kids were in bed. "Hmm..." I said outloud, "I think I may have to scrap the blanket. If I'm going to finish Little Miss's sweater and get our 'teacher cowls' done...I think I'm just going to have to get [name redacted because it's Christmas] something from the store."
"Can I help?" Sweet Husband asked.
My first impulse was to say no. Not because he couldn't do it, but for the same reason that a lot of us gut-answer "no" when someone asks if they can help. Because, in the words of my darling toddler daughter, "I do myself!"
But actually, welp, I really needed the help if it was all going to get done. "How do you feel about making some cowls?" I asked. "Chunky? Big yarn? Fun colors? To warm the necks of the saintly people who love and educate our children every day?"
He shrugged. And I handed him the needles, pointed him towards the yarn, and started casting-on my blanket for [person I love all the much].
The cowls are Drop Stitch Cowls (two skeins of Knit Picks Mighty Stitch Super Bulky are just enough if you use size 11 needles and are prepared to leave off a row if the skein is short). The blanket is a modified Malt (bigger needles, bigger yarn, cast-on just a few extra stitches). And they are all done, thanks to my own nimble fingers and those of my Sweet Husband.