It’s cold. And other items of marginal interest.

Lucy snow

The temperature in Minneapolis was, I think, around zero or colder every morning of this, my first week back at work. Thanks, weather gods, for giving me such a memorable welcome.

Note: photo above is Lucy at the lake house, not in Minneapolis. The only difference is that the snow in Minneapolis is dirtier and piled higher.

Just to give you an idea of what sub-zero temperatures are like:

  • The inside of one's nose frosts up when one inhales;
  • When I get home after work I tend not to get really warm again until I am in bed under a couple comforters (the radiator in the bedroom has been turned off for a couple years and now the handle doesn't turn; I may need to employ Large Tools);
  • The digital read-out on my car radio changes v-e-r-y slowly, if at all, when I change radio stations;
  • On Thursday morning, the coldest one so far, the driver's window, which I had put down so I could see the outside rear-view mirror, would not go back up. I had to pull up on the button with one hand and pull the window itself with the other. I did NOT want to get onto the freeway with an open window.

Last night I came back home to Wisconsin; temperature on the only outdoor thermometer I saw was -3˚ F. For various reasons I had a lot of trouble warming up once I got home. Three comforters, two pairs of sweats including a hoodie with the hood UP, wool knee socks, a dog, and two cats… and I finally got warm. It was the second set of sweats and the hood that did it.

Today I am still in the sweats and wool socks and perfectly comfortable.

Look what the wind has done to the snow that piles up on the railing outside my office:

Snow railing

That black silhouette is En Esch glaring at me. Why are you messing around with that little box? Why are you not petting me?

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I came upon  this video in praise of Minneapolis over at twentytwowords.com. #2 Son says he knows a couple people in the video — the bicyclist and his girlfriend, of course.

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In knitting news, by request I made a headband for #2's GF. She picked out the pattern on Ravelry but asked that it be wider. I recommended Malabrigo worsted for purely selfish reasons — I had never knit with it — and she picked out a gorgeous teal color (called "Aguas" at the link). My efforts at widening the pattern were for naught. Take it away, Bubbles!

Headband skinny

(Bubbles's head is significantly smaller than Alex's; when the headband is stretched a bit more, as it would be on Alex's head, the seed stitch edging lies down flat. So I tried again, this time with a wider cable and a different edge treatment. Perfect — 3-1/2 inches wide, just like she asked for! 

  Headband wider

The cable is one from Barbara Walker. The edge is (on the right side) sl1, p1, k1, p1, k1, (cable panel) k1, p1, k2.

After I finish the cabled section I will pull out the provisional cast on and knit both ends at the same time, tapering them to a point. A button loop at the end of one, a button on the other. I'll give both headbands to her; if she doesn't want the narrower one I'll reclaim the yarn and dream about what to make from it and the rest of the skein.

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I finished the first hat for Warm Heads, Not Hot Heads last weekend. It can be worn with the brim flipped up or down, depending on the head size of the wearer.

Hat 1  Hat 2

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0 Responses to It’s cold. And other items of marginal interest.

  1. Chris says:

    You must spend a lot more time outdoors than I had to, to get so chilled! 😦
    To add to your list: When you drop into your car seat, it doesn’t yield… at all. Ouch!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    I hear you! -20C this morning in my neck of the woods.
    I’ll add: That particular crisp crunch of snow under foot.
    I drove my daughter to school this morning and I guess there was condensation inside the car from us because when I got into it later I had to scape frost off the windshield INSIDE the car. I hate winter!
    It was 50’F IN the house when I woke up – (we only have a very inadequate for the space wood stove in the main part of the house)
    I wear long unders and lined jeans and several layers. May I recommend a Magic Bag or equivalent? Good as a bed warmer and nice around the neck when you are watching television or reading.

  3. gayle says:

    Yeah, my personal not-fave is the snow making noise when I walk on it. Snow should be silent…
    I’m chilled to the bone. I’ll warm up sometime in June. Possibly.

  4. Cookie says:

    Just reading that makes me cold and really makes me want to knit for you.
    Brrrrr!

  5. k says:

    The coldest we had was 15 below, Tuesday? Thursday? I had English, is all I remember. I like the cold squeak; I like the way people’s running shoe soles get cold and sound like hard plastic. I like the way my front tires are louder than my rear tires in the cold (different brands). I like the way campus is empty. I like the way I have to take off my glasses because my cowl funnels warm air up onto them and they frost over; then when you take them off, your eyelashes freeze. I like having to think to breathe out through your nose so your sinuses stay warm. We had really intense sunrises, too.
    I am unamused by that little tiny layer of frost that doesn’t look like much until you decide to ignore it and drive, but really it’s too much and you have to stop.

  6. k says:

    I forgot; I was going to ask you to knit a wienie warmer for Wisconsin’s new governor. I promise it won’t take long, and something on him has to get warm.

  7. Carrie#K says:

    OMG. I thought I was cold last night. It was in the high 30’s which is cold for here but not THAT cold! And that was at night under the covers!
    That’s a gorgeous shot of Lucy though.

  8. Shirley says:

    Just saw your post with the video about why people love the Twin Cities. We have been away for a month and head home tonight, so it was great timing. It reminds me why we continue to return and why we still live there. Thanks for sharing it.

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