At the risk — too late! too late! — of offending everyone who is shivering right now, I must proclaim that I am loving this winter

I fully admit that my enjoyment is made possible by a number of factors, none of which can I take credit for:

  • No need to battle the elements every morning to go to work or school.
  • I am not the one responsible for snow removal.
  • I am driving an all-wheel-drive car for the first time in nearly 16 years.
  • Said car has heated seats ::grin::
  • My husband has tweaked our heating system and supplemental heat within an inch of its life, and it now keeps the house warm (enough) even when the power company shuts off the interruptible power.
  • I have an ever-increasing stock of hand-knit accessories to keep my extremities warm — fingerless gloves, cowls, scarvs, hats, socks. Wait, I can take credit for that one.

Now, let us take stock of the warm woolies I have added to my wardrobe in recent months.

Hat and scarf, made last May because I knew I would need them.

Hat scarf

I seem to have lost the scarf at some point in the past week. Crap.

Added recently, a cowl.


Pattern: Willow Cowl
Yarn: Toe Jam sock yarn (that's what the label says!), dyed by Rabbitch (~400 yds.) in Bruise. She has another skein for sale in her Etsy shop with a slightly different name: Stupid Friggin' Futon Frame. If you click over to her shop she tells how the yarn got its name.
Needle: US#5 circ.

When I was making the cowl for Kiera The Teenage Helper for Christmas, I knew there were some cowls in my future. This winter absolutely demands them. So far I have worn this first one with a solid royal blue sweater and a solid orangey-rust sweater. Perfect.

There is more knitting in that cowl than you might think.



For my hands, a pair of fingerless gloves to wear over my leather gloves when driving.


This is the first one, in progress. I am using the Striped Mitten pattern from Favorite Mittens. The cuff is the solid brown Cascade 220; there will be a fold-back cuff at the fingertips, too. They are mega-warm 🙂

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0 Responses to Winter!

  1. Kym says:

    I love the hat! (Pattern?) And . . . as you already know . . . I LOVE all the snow. (As long as it’s gone by the start of March.) As for the sub-zero temperatures day after day? Well, I’m getting tired of them, despite the hand knit woolies.

  2. Chris says:

    Bah humbug. I hate this winter with a hatey hate.

  3. Carole says:

    I’m glad someone is enjoying this winter. It’s 1° here this morning and that’s just too damn cold for Massachusetts.

  4. Julie says:

    What lovely projects! You’re inspiring me.

  5. Lorette says:

    Lovely projects! I’m not such a big winter fan either. I’d rather put up with the grey and rainy here than freaking cold. You don’t have to shovel rain.

  6. k says:

    I am remarkably happy about this winter, because it’s normal! And I rarely have to leave the house. I’m already used enough to it that I don’t really notice the cold when I do go out. Also, new aggressive all season tires. I command everybody: BUY NEW TIRES! MAKE YOUR LIFE NOT SUCK!
    Unfortunately I’ve lost my knitting mojo, and my all-purpose black cowl. If I had mojo, I would make another one, but I have no mojo. I do have about 15 scarves and a back-up cowl, so it’s not like I’m actually suffering.
    Winter! and big fucking drifts! Yay!

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