Hello, basket of finished knits!
you are a very generous person, you can't knit for this long and not
have a pretty hefty selection of accessories to choose from every cold
winter morning. This winter I made a point of setting the current
rotation into groups so that the night before when I'm setting things
out - you have to do that when you leave home as early as I do - I can
grab and go depending on just how cold the morning will be.
Temperatures just above freezing?
A slouchy sport-weight superwash wool hat and elegant accessories.
Cold with some walking and driving?
A superwarm but snug hat, with driving gloves and silk/merino blend scarf.
Cold with some walking, some driving, and later on some seeing a friend at a place where one might want to look polished?
The orange set - thick, warm, handspun hat, elegant driving gloves, and a slim double-evolution handwoven scarf.
Cold with a hankering for green?
Giant green superwarm handspun hat with neutral scarf and the gloves that more or less match.
Gotta be the yak-based giant scarf, which really, really needs a matching warm hat.
pairs of driving gloves are silk-lined leather and surprisingly toasty,
but unless I have a busy day of subway riding ahead of me I put them
into my bag once I've parked and switch over to one of these two pairs
of superwarm mitts (one is sheepskin, the other twined wool and mohair),
depending on the match factor:
should add here that the black sheepskin mitts were a recommendation
from Ady, who hails from Northern Ontario and knows from heat
retention. She told me nothing is warmer than sheepskin, and by golly,
even on a very cold day my hands get sweaty inside these things.
Attractive, I know. But a welcome side effect.
And when I get home, I toss the stuff into this huge Reisenthel basket.
don't know why I never thought of this solution when I bought the
basket a couple of years ago, because it's large and portable and smooth
inside (unlike any of my many woven baskets, which can catch the yarn)
and it keeps all my knits and other warm things in one place. I haven't
lost so much as a hat since I put it to use in the front hall, so Thank
You, basket of finished knits.
How do you deal with your knitting overflow - or are you a better person than I, and give most of your knits away?