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Saturday, January 4, 2014

Preparing for the deep freeze!

I don't know about you but when I heard the wind chill was supposed to drop down to -50 to -60 degrees Fahrenheit this coming Monday, I prepared.  First thought was meal planning and grocery shopping so I wouldn't need to go out.  Second was other necessities.  Third was to make sure I had things to do.  

The third is actually ridiculous because I always have plenty of craft materials to keep busy long past my days on this planet.  But, that's where my mind goes and I usually follow along.  Last week I saw a YouTube video from Michael's about making a scarf using your arms for the knitting needles.  (Yes, I said your arms). What better way to prepare for sub zero temperatures than to make a nice warm scarf and the idea behind it fascinated me.  I am not really a knitter, I know how to knit and purl and can actually do a cable stitch if I have to but I am not a knitter.  Somehow this idea called to me.

I stopped at Michael's and bought enough yarn for two scarves. Now the temperature doesn't really get cold until tomorrow afternoon but before breakfast today, I already had one of the scarves finished! It is so fast and easy.  Now granted if you have small children or pets that need to go outside, you may need to make sure you have someone else around to help.  You won't be tied up (literally) for too long.  

I used two skeins of yarn for mine.  I can wind it any number of ways and it is very warm.  The demo video scarf is shorter.  Here it is wrapped around my neck twice and draped over my head.  


Look for Arm Knitting for Beginners by Michael's Stores on YouTube. My computer is broken and I am doing this on my iPad. I haven't figured out how to make a direct link.  I told my son these may be my new calling.  On Christmas Eve I went to the store for a couple of last minute items.  I struck up a conversation with the young man who was gathering up all the carts in the parking lot.  Not a long discussion but long enough to see he was extremely cold.  The wind chill was dipped below zero that day as well.  Wouldn't a scarf like this make a nice surprise for one of those workers?  Or they could be given to the homeless shelter, possibly the food bank, or a women's shelter.  Hmmm, I should have bought a lot more yarn!
Have a creative Day
Janet

2 comments:

Janet McNamara Houck said...

What a great idea. Playing it forward in the new year.

Debra Svedberg said...

So when you're not long-arm quilting you're long arm knitting?