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.
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 🙂