Over the last week the temperature in my neck of the woods had plummeted. I really mean plummeted. It’s went from lets put a jumper on, chilly To Time for the hats, scarfs, gloves and jacket type Baltic. So in the spirit of the turning weather I thought I would do a little post on my faviourite winter warmers.
I have had the same winter jacket for about 4 years now. It’s a well worn item in my wardrobe which has withstood many a purge since I first bought it. It’s not by any means an ethically made jacket, nor was it bought at a time where my thoughts were ethically cantered. I simply needed a warm jacket at the time and this was one I liked. It was bought in ASDA for around £45 pounds. I am used to jackets of that quality and price range to last me a year at most, that being said This particular jacket which has a faux sheepskin lining that can be removed in milder weather, has seen me through four years of harsh Scottish winters and has yet to show signs of giving up, so I will continue to use it and cherish it. The removable sheepskin bit also makes this water proof jacket a great all year waterproof, which id one of the reasons I like this jacket alot!
Hats, Scarfs and Gloves
Now my best tips for having an ethical winter woolies is to buy them second hand or like me make them yourself (or have someone else do it for you). As I’ve metioned in previous posts, I am an avid crochetter and enjoy nothing more than making somthing that can be worn. When I first started to learn to crochet about 4 years ago, I came across a blog called Fiber Flux . The author of this blog has various patterns for crochet and knitting on there, but two particular patterns I really liked. One for a Fiona Button Scarf and Matching Hat. I dutufully chose yarn I fallen in love with and made my hat and scarf. Safe to say I’ve used the same ones since and have even made others for friends and family. I love the scarf as it can be wrapped around my neck multiply times and secured with the buttons rather than a knot which I’ve always hated.
My gloves are a recent edition to my set and have also been handmade, though these were hand knitted by my aunt this year, and given to me as a gift. I love them they are so soft, and they are fingerless which means I can still use my phone. Despite being fingerless though they still manage to keep my hands nice and toasty, though this may have more to do with my short fingers rather than the gloves themselves. Previously I had always worn black seude gloves since thats what I liked. I still wear these when driving as the pair I currently have are so well loved they’ve moulded to my hands and the seude means that my hands don’t slip on the stearing wheel unlike my wool ones do.
Piping Hot Soup
Theres nothing I love more than to come home on a cold winter’s day to a pipping hot bowl of homemade soup. My go to winter warmer, is a hearty lentil soup filled with chunky veg. Nothing makes me happier than to get off my jacket, slip my feet into my cozy sippers and pull on that old woolie jumper before sitting down to a steaming bowl of soup. The recipe I use has been in my family for generations, and is something I make mostly from muscle memory these days, so I wont share it with you but know that even writting about it is making my mouth water. ( I may even have to make some now!)
This is another one of my faviourite winter warmers. My family like drinking hot chocolate made from pure coco power rather than instant hot chocolates, since we can add our own flavours to it. I have found memories of making it on the hob with my mum or my dad, each of us adding our own flavours to it, my dad always liked ginger and my mum and I would have cinnamon. As a child My dad would always top mine schushy cream and dust it with a bit of flake chocolate. When it was made my parents and I would curl up on the couch and watch Christmas movies by the light of the fire. A tradition we still do today.(Despite the fact I’m twenty four)
Heart Warming Movies
As mentioned above, my family enjoy locking up for the night and curling up together to watch those heart warming Christmas movies that pull at the heart strings. We love the chriatmas 24 channel ( usually called movies24), and usually either end up with tears filling our eyes or falling asleep on each others shoulder’s. (Really is their any other way to spend a cold drearie night?)
The woolly Jumper / Blanket
We all have them that one jumper or blanket that keeps us snug as a bug in a rug. For me its the first ever thing I crocheted myself. A massive Square blanket that, started life as a practise square when I was learning and turned into one of my most treasured possessions. It keeps me cosy on those long winter nights when it’s dark and the fog is so thick you can’t see you hand In front of your face.
So there you have it, my own winter warmers that make winter my faviourte season of the year (Christmas helps too, of course). What about you guys? Do any of you have any winter traditions/ items that get you through the long cold months? Id love to here about them.