I #lovemnwinter! Today, I love sweater weather!
I love most things about winter. Big, beautiful, glittery drifts of snow, making first tracks when I walk my dog in the morning, cross country skiing, celebrating my winter birthday, and also cozying up with my knitting or reading and not feeling like I should always be outside. I love winter so much that I’ve been deeply disappointed by our lack of really snowy winters the last few years.
The wonderful WTFs before me this month have elaborated on many of the things I truly love about winter, so what I want to tell you about today is my deep love of sweater weather! I look forward to the first cool fall day that I can wear my wooly sweaters to the farmers market or to walk my dog. I alternate my favorites throughout the winter as we keep our house on the cool side to keep our bills down. I keep wearing them until it’s much too warm in the spring and then I pack them lovingly into my cedar trunk to protect them from moths for the summer and begrudgingly take out my summer clothes and prepare to sweat for days on end. Ugh.
This sweater love conflicts with my biking love, because I stay so warm while biking in the winter that I overheat wearing anything besides my thin base layers and windbreaker. I often don’t have room in my bag for bulky sweaters. Confession: sometimes I take the bus just so I can wear one...
Modeling my favorite sweaters for you
I love big, bulky, handknit wool sweaters, colorful cardigans, elaborate fair isle patterns, twisting cables, tweedy scratchy yarns and big cowl necks. I love when the sleeves are just a little too long so I can cover my always cold hands while I’m reading or typing. I collect sweaters and I knit sweaters, always in search of the elusive perfect sweater. Walking into a thrift store, no matter what time of year, the first aisle I head towards is the sweater aisle. This year, between the colorful belted sweater coat I got from @tandemvintage this fall (bottom center) and the oversized, gold cable sweater I just finished knitting (top right),I’m feeling like I have just the right amount.
Photo credit: Joe Reeves
This sweater love must be hereditary because this baby of mine seems to enjoy wearing hand knits as much as I do.
About this author: Lindsey is an apparel design teacher, knitter, hobby collector & new mom. She is consistently winter bike commuting again for the first time in 4 years and (mostly) loving it!
Read about this collaborative challenge to love one thing about winter everyday in February, and post about it on this blog. Tweet your own loves: #lovemnwinter @greaseragmpls, or check out last year's #lovemnwinter posts.