Being a grownup in a city where it gets cold every year I'm a little amazed that my existing and vast supply of hats, coats, and boots isn't cutting it all of a sudden.
On the other hand, it's also years and years since I've had to commute several days a week for about 90 minutes on and off public transit and then stand in the cold for 15 or 20 more. Think about it: you gotta be warm enough for the outside, with shed-able layers for the all-too-brief inside periods, and your boots gotta not cripple you. Which in my case is a tall order, what with the whole orthoticky thing.
Add to that: a coat that is super lightweight, because you know I'm not just frolicking for the duration of this long haul. I'm carting stuff. And it's heavy. I tried it one day with my existing long wool dress coat and whoa: never again.
So I bought a new down coat from Land's End.
It makes up for being fairly shapeless and puffy by being super warm and incredibly light - and I know the picture is a bit pale owing to the sunshinyness issue, but isn't it a pretty colour? I could have ordered black, but I thought it might be nice to have a steely blue-grey to stand out a bit this year.
The catch: this coat clashes with Every. Hat. I. Own.
All of them.
Even the plain black felted one I bought 15 years ago, which implies a kind of 1930s style and therefore just looks horribly wrong.
Is this sinking in for you too? All those luxurious hats from hand-dyed fibers on my shelf are crying while I go out hatless, totally warm apart from the top of my head. This can't go on!!
Fortunately, I have more raw hat materials in the house, including some Malabrigo Silky I bought before I knew how hard variegated yarns are to work with:
I don't know how the picture shows up on your screen, but in real life it is a perfect match.
The second catch: Malabrigo Silky is known for stretching and sagging out after you knit and block your project. So I'm being a smarty smartpants. I have knit a long strip of garter stitch and blocked it:
and at some point I am going to wrap it around my head to see how tight it should be, then stitch it into a round band with a decorative button on the fold before I pick up stitches from the top edge and knit the warm part of a hat.
If I don't freeze first.