Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Greetings From the Arctic

In the past, I haven't liked mittens because one can't really DO things when wearing mittens, and as a slightly hyperactive child (*cough cough*) the restriction drove me crazy.  However, as we woke up to NEGATIVE 3 degrees this morning, I think I can get over this problem.  The cats won't even go outside this morning. 

Now I grew up about 2 hours north of where I'm at now, and we did get lots of snow and subzero temperatures, which has quite a bit to do with why I don't live there now.  Normally we here in Boise get to whine about it being cold when it's in the 30s.  This week our high temperatures won't even REACH the 30s.  What happened??????

The one bright side--Andy and I each have lovely alpaca sweaters that are so dang warm that we rarely wear them in normal circumstances.  Today I would be wearing alpaca underwear if I had it (sorry for that visual).  And I'm feeling better about the 3 or 4 sweaters' worth of alpaca I still have in my stash.  I had a bit of a spree when Elann introduced their alpaca yarns and I didn't realize how much warmer it was than wool, so I've been regretting all that alpaca just a bit.  Oh don't get me wrong, I wasn't going to swap or sell it or anything......it just would have been permanent stash.  Later today I will be browsing patterns to perhaps find some good candidates for it.  I think it might be best to keep some sweaters in perspective, because a few more days of this arctic stuff and I might really consider that underwear......