So warm, this knitted scarf: a treasure beyond worth, that hides within each woven stitch her heart.*
* Copyright © Nick Ruff | Year Posted 2008
Winter winds blow cold in western New York, especially along the icy shores of the easternmost Great Lake, Ontario. And, while the calendar tells us the dates for ‘old man winter’, Mother Nature determines when it really begins and ends. In these parts, that can be anytime from November thru March, five long months, not three.
Even April has been known to harbor cold winds and wet snows.
Combating those elements and keeping the chill at bay becomes the ultimate seasonal challenge. This winter I met that challenge head on, or should I say ‘neck and shoulder’ on, with some degree of success. How?
Not just any scarf, mind you, but homemade scarves, in a variety of colors, sizes and designs, patterns, as they’re called.
Scarves long enough to cross in front and drape down, keeping your torso warm, or scarves to wrap thickly around your neck as an even stronger barrier against the weather. Scarves that are a bit wide and can be converted to a shawl, a ‘man shawl’, mind you.
And it goes without saying that while these scarves are functional, keeping the elements out and the warmth in, they are a fashion statement, as well, not that I’m concerned about looks. But who doesn’t mind occasional flattery, some ‘oohs and aahs?
These scarves, a dozen by count, are hand knitted by my wife as a hand therapy exercise. I’m the beneficiary and each time I wear one, which is daily, it may be cold, but I feel wrapped in a layer of love, something else to keep me a little bit warmer.
Mother Nature may win the war, as she often does, but with the help of my scarves, I occasionally win a battle.
Do you have a favorite scarf? Tell me about it. And stay warm…