A Cowl for Nick

Cowl For Nick

I had been thinking of making a chunkier cowl version of the 5th Avenue Infinity scarf for a long time. It wasn't until recently I found my reason to get it done.

Let me tell you about Nick. Nick is the father of one of my closest friends, Torry. We met my freshman year at Boston College and I immediately gained an irreplaceable friend and new family. Debbie, Nick's wife was quickly nicknamed "Debbie Dewdrops" because she always radiated happiness. Even when her prized Boston teams were losing I swear that woman never frowned. I can see her smiling right now.

I enjoyed it so much hearing them pronounce my name with their thick Boston accents. "Mah-go". Her and Nick's generosity to myself and my roomates during those years was incalculable. They became foster parents to all of us. I remember a day when I had pulled the bumper off of my car accidentally in the middle of the BC parking lot. (stupid concrete wheel stoppers) At the time I was mortifed and didn't know who to call – but Torry knew. A swift call to Nick and a few moments later reinforcements arrived. There was no time to worry because he'd be there to help.

I guess it's no surprise years later it is their names that were on all our of wedding guest lists. No list is ever complete without Debbie & Nick.

Recently, Nick was diagnosed with ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease. If you've read the book Tuesdays with Morrie then I am sure you know exactly what that means. Already ALS has caused him to require help doing things we take for granted everyday – eating and breathing.

It's that time of year where most people begin to dig out their knitting needles after a summer's hibernation. I knit so often these days that I can't imagine what it would be like to lose control of my hands and not be able to knit. Sadly it is something I can't say could never happen.

Cowl for Nick

ETA: You can purchase your own Cowl For Nick pattern on both Ravelry and Craftsy!

All proceeds will be donated to the ALS FoundationTeam Gleason, and next year's walk for Team Nick!

I know I can never repay all that Nick & Debbie have done for me during those years but I hope you'll help me raise awareness and funds to help make a difference in their life and the lives of all those who suffer with ALS.


60 thoughts on “A Cowl for Nick

  1. Carole says:

    I’m glad you’ve had Nick in your life and I’m so sorry that he’s suffering from ALS. We lost a good reenactor friend to this a few years ago and it’s a horrible, insidious disease.


  2. Sue says:

    Thanks for utilizing your cowl pattern for a good cause — and donating to ALS is such a good cause. I lost a co-worker years ago to ALS, plus a childhood neighbor, and am happy to donate on behalf of both of them and for your friend’s dad.


  3. Donna B. says:

    Well done, Margaux — beautiful story, simply told, and a magnificent gift from you to us in that cowl design. The best part is what moved you to action, and what you chose to do with that impetus: join it with your skill and use it to move others. I’ll be sharing this with my students.


  4. Kendra says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about your friend’s dad. It’s great that you’re increasing awareness with this pattern & I’m happy to donate. I’m looking forward to knitting this cowl. Several years ago, my aunt was diagnosed with ALS. That summer “Tuesdays with Morrie” was assigned as summer reading for my daughter’s English class, making the story so much more personal.


  5. Karen R says:

    Really beautiful cowl inspired by your brilliant and lovely idea to link it to fundraising for your dear friends. I made a donation & would love to receive the instructions. Clever & heartwarming 🙂


  6. arlen bobb says:

    Beautiful Cowl. I am so sorry about Nick, everybody should have a friend like him in their life. My neighbor passed away 5 years ago from ALS, and I watched her go down and felt so helpless. I hope my small donation will help in some way.


  7. Ellen says:

    So sorry to hear about your friend’s dad. I know others who have suffered with ALS. What a wonderful idea you had! Glad I could make a small donation to help. I thank you in advance for the beautiful cowl instructions.


  8. ellen says:

    I’m sorry this disease has come into your lives. Thank you for sharing so many aspects of your life and rallying for a cause that belongs to more than just one. I have donated to show my support. best to all of you.


  9. Terri says:

    What a great idea….very proud of you for doing this. I lost a friend to ALS 5 years ago. It is a devastating disease. My email is below and would love the beautiful pattern and will knit one in Nick’s honor. Good luck to you both! Terri


  10. Miss Martha says:

    Hello Mah-go! I was more than happy to donate for Nick. I lost someone near and dear to me to ALS. Such an awful disease. This is a wonderful way to honor your foster “Dad”.


  11. Janine says:

    Beautiful pattern inspired by a beautiful friend. It will be an honor to create this for the ones I love in my life and will think of Nick with every stitch. This will be my Christmas project for my sisters and mom. Thank you!


  12. Janine says:

    Will knit this pattern with love, for all those suffering with ALS, in every stitch. Thank you for turning your anguish into something so positive. Nick is proud, I am sure!!


  13. Dina Cahn says:

    I just downloaded the donation form. My plan is to knit this cowl for my boyfriend’s daughter who is having some serious medical issues and will soon require surgery. Ironicly (or not)his own brother died of ALS several years ago and I know that Jacob and he were very close (this was before we met). So I think he will appreciate the donation as much as knowing that I am making this scarf for his daughter. Would love the pattern and will think of you and Nick as I knit. Thanks, Dina


  14. Debbie says:

    Mah-go (: you are such a loving and thoughtful ” foster daughter” of ours. I can not believe what a fantastic idea that you came up with to help raise funds to fight ALS. The cowl is gorgeous on a spectacular looking model! Thank you so much for the beautiful story that you wrote about us and which featured Nick’s struggles with ALS. Nick was overwhelmed with emotion when I had him read your post on Facebook. Since we know that you and Jim can’t be with us for the Walk, we are thrilled that your Mom and Dad will be with us. We love you so much and we appreciate your amazing efforts to let people know about ALS and for them to donate to the Walk and get your great cowl pattern. All our love to you and Jim.


  15. Gillian Saris says:

    I don’t know how to knit but will ask my mother in law to help and will wear it proudly and think of Nick everyday!You are doing a wonderful thing!


  16. Carolyn Dickey says:

    I just ran across your blog to take a look at your cowl pattern and read the story about Nick. While I don’t know anyone personally with this disease my heart goes out to Nick and the many others who have to deal with it. I think your fund raising idea is an excellent one and I am glad to see you Team Nick as far exceeded its fundraising goal.
    I would like to receive a copy of the pattern so that I can make this lovely cowl.


  17. Melissa Dolese says:

    What a great idea! I was happy to donate. The pattern can be messaged to my ravelry account; I’m connected to you as mjune. Be well.


  18. paola maranan says:

    I was really touched by your story and very happy to donate! Look forward to knitting up this cowl for my niece for Christmas. Feeling like it will carry a little bit of the love in your story with it.


  19. Terry says:

    What a kind person you are. Thank you for the nudge to think about and give to those who need our help that we may not see in our own lives.


  20. Kerry says:

    I just realized I clicked the wrong button on the donation page. I clicked on Donate to Margaux. I hope that’s ok. This is an amazingly wonderful thing you’re doing! We lost a young teacher at our school to this terrible disease. I hope they find a cure soon.


  21. Pat McDonald says:

    Made a donation and I commend you for using your talents to raise money for this cause. I know what it is like to battle a serious illness and the toll it takes on the person who is sick and the caregiver. My husband has terminal cancer so it seems we have to fight a new battle every day. My heart goes out to Nick but also must include Debbie because she is suffering as much as Nick only in a different way.
    I had to give up a very good job to take care of my husband, and as a result, I learned to knit to fill up the “dead” time in doctor’s offices. Also, the friendships developed in my local yarn shop keep me functioning.


  22. Andrea says:

    What a great way to draw attention to this important cause! Glad I could contribute and get the pattern. Two things to make me happy! Best of luck!


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