This has affected the attitudes of all the children of the household most severely. They scamper down the stairs in the morning, bent double, arms tightly wrapped around themselves, shivering.
Never mind that they are in shorts, short-sleeved shirts and bare feet. Repeated admonishments of, "Put on something warm," "Get something on your feet," "Didn't I buy you a bathrobe last winter?" do not seem to be connecting with them.
And so, they shiver, and shake, and curl themselves into little balls on the couch and bewail the arrival of winter and all its trappings.
And what is a mother to do, but try and get them warm in some way.
It is, in fact, time to knit up a throw.
Timed perfectly is this throw from Purl Soho.
Knit up with huge yarn on huge needles, in simple moss stitch, it should fly together.
Oh, how I wanted to knit it of this beautiful "Pixie Dust."
It is made of wool, mohair and "pixie sparkles." Pixie sparkles!! Perfect for covering all the chilly toes and hugging all the shivering shoulders. This color is called "Lemon Meringue." Almost magical! Some of the colors also contain silk, camel, and yak. Oh, my . . . exotic.
"Pixie Dust" also costs $35 for a scant 35 yards. ::ahem::
Because I want to make this a nice and generous throw, I would need to decide between "Pixie Dust" and groceries for 2 weeks for our family of 7.
I will not be knitting with "Pixie Dust." ::sniff::
Instead, I will be knitting with the much more prosaic but hopefully just as soft and warm "Burly Spun" by Brown Sheep in . . . red.
It's looking like the crisis may soon be averted.