We are firmly in the SECOND cold snap of the winter, here in Seattle. Seattle, where I was promised damp, cloudy, and 40s for most of the year. Seattle, where I moved to get away from the excessive cold of the Midwest, and the ridiculous hot of the South. Seattle, where I expected to wear nothing but wool sweaters and flannel shirts for 90% of the year.
It is currently (at 11:30 in the morning) 27 degrees. 27!
And, there’s snow and ice all over outside. (In November!)
It’s not right. It’s not fair. And I don’t like it.
All I want to do is roll myself up in a big wad of roving and go into hibernation until the temperature is back in the 40s.
Unfortunately, that’s not really approved of by society in general, so I suppose I must make do with the next closest thing. Thrummed knitting.
Thrummed knitting involves working little tufts of roving into your knitting (traditionally mittens, but right now I would consider murder if it meant I could get my hands on a thrummed sweater). It’s a little futzy, but not terribly so. And, you end up with knitting that’s completely lined with glorious, fluffy wool (think of shearling, but knitted, not leather), and dotted with cute little heart-shaped stitches. I can’t think of anything better than walking around with my hands (and feet) swaddled with woolen goodness.
Try these mittens, for some traditional thrummed action:
Yarn Harlot Thrummed Mittens by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
Cadeautje by Ysolda Teague