January 22, 2005


Boy, it’s cold. Not just outside — in my house. I’m working at the computer, and the room it’s in is FREEZING. It’s currently -17C outside, but the big problem is the wind — gusts up to 52 km/h, meaning the windchill’s around -35C. This shouldn’t be a big deal when I’m inside — but the storm window of this room is stuck open several inches, so the window is incredibly drafty, especially with the wind coming seemingly straight at it. When there’s a gust of wind, the curtain moves with the strength of it, even though the window is theoretically closed. And my computer’s right by the window. My toes are so cold… and I’ve got a lap blanket over my legs and a bright pink wrap around my shoulders. I’ve decided to join in on the inspired-by-currently-freezing-temperatures rush, and have cast on for something to make me warmer NOW. I don’t have any wool sock yarn, so I’m making this instead:


It may not look like much, but it’s the beginnings of a second shawl from the Lion Brand Homespun Stephanie gave me back in the fall. The first one was a gift for my mother-in-law, but I wanted to keep it for myself. So I’m making another one — I was going to try another pattern, but the cold is driving me to want something as fast and easy as possible, so I’m sticking with the tried and true formula.

I wish I had work to do that I could take somewhere else… or a laptop, so I could get out of this refrigerator. But I’ve got work to do on mailing lists, and I said I’d have them done by Monday, so there’s no help for it. I’ll just have to get yet another cup of tea!

Posted by Aven at January 22, 2005 03:16 PM

It’s a day for hot stuff. Drink hot tea, eat hot soup, wear warm socks! :)
hope you finish the good looking shawl soon!

Posted by: sandy at January 22, 2005 03:50 PM

hmmm….tea with a little something added would work even better! ;)

Posted by: Dani at January 22, 2005 05:01 PM

I’ve got two words for you, Aven: space heater. I’ve got one under my desk blowing at my feet, and it really helps!

Posted by: alison at January 23, 2005 04:20 PM

Your post reminds me that misery loves company! I thought I was the only one to work in subarctic conditions! I am similarly bundled. Although the space heater trick does work, I still need the blankets. I am so not a winter person.

Posted by: Elizabeth at January 24, 2005 04:27 PM