Gracious did I really go the whole month of January without a post? Don’t give up on me yet, I promise lots of things are bubbling below the surface over here. First up will be this non matching set:Sincere sheep hatA sweet Fisherman hat knit in Sincere Sheep Equity Sport a downy 100% Rambouillet Wool and a Cowl knit in Dirty Water Dye Works Edna Extra a lucious Polworth Silk, also seen here in the shoot for Faro.

ES_-_St._Bart_s_grandeThese will be available next week but thats not all! I have a contest too, a PDF copy of the patterns + 1 skein of Equity Sport in the color St Barts will go to 1 lucky knitter*. St. Barts is a beautiful pure sky blue, bright as the sunniest days of winter (The yarn photo above belongs to Sincere Sheep). This 100% Rambouillet Wool from Kid Ranch in Buffalo, WY is also spun in Buffalo, WY. It is a semi-woolen yarn which means it has a cotton-y, next-to-skin-softness, but is stronger then most woolen spun yarns, its bouncy! One skein is enough to make the hat pictured above. To win share your secret for beating the mid-winter blahs in the comments before 12 AM EST (midnight Tuesday) and I will randomly select a winner on Wednesday the 12th of February. And you never know, if I really like your suggestion I might give you a pattern even if you don’t win the yarn.

* Contest open to North American mailing addresses only.

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87 Responses to Winter

  1. Kriste Blair says:

    I actually love winter. Here in Dallas the summers are brutal so I always look forward to the frosty winter weather! We actually had snow yesterday!

    Kristebee on rav

  2. Beverly says:

    Not easy to beat winter in cold,gray Wisconsin! I play with mt grand kids, knit, read, and rinse repeat. Doesn’t hurt to make homemade soups too. and too much coffee to keep warm.

  3. Jennifer B says:

    Oh boy. I live in Madison, WI, and am tired of the cold, but my ‘secret’ for steeling myself against winter is hot tea. Obviously it physically warms, but somehow it emotionally warms me, as well. And I also try to appreciate the bright sun, even if it’s -20. I sit in a sunny window and try to soak it up. Oh, and knit something bright.

  4. Anne aka Sandinmysocks on Ravelry says:

    My favorite winter blues chaser is to knit Summery items in lovely Summer colours and textures, like cottons. They have a way of bringing Summer light to the greyest of winter days!
    The St.Barts colourway is one of those colours that look like a Summer day with gentle wispy clouds scattered about. I would love to try it out =)
    Thank you for the opportunity!

  5. MissJR says:

    ugh, winter! I’m pretty done with it. The one thing I do to try to persevere until spring is to actually GO OUTSIDE in the snow! Snowy walks can be beautiful too, assuming you have the right footwear (aka, moon boots!). Thanks for the giveaway! -MissJR on ravelry.

  6. Sara says:

    I haven’t found the perfect cure for the winter blahs yet, but drinking hot cinnamon tea helps. I love the one from Harney & Sons. I also find that I end up knitting many bright red objects in winter.

  7. Emily says:

    I’ve been having an especially hard time with the winter blues this season. I recently tried my first restorative yoga class – all the poses are done on the floor and you are totally supported by pillows and blankets. The whole class feels effortless and I feel like I woke up from a long nap when it’s done! It’s really helped me get through this cold!

  8. Nancy says:

    First of all I love winter – after all, it’s sweater weather! During a snowstorm, my favorite thing to do is to work on a knitting project that really challenges my brain and my fingers; all while listening to a good audiobook. I’m very content in winter.

  9. I’ve been facing the winter blues this week, with temperatures barely reaching 0 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s been tough! I keep potted plants inside and have been burying myself in daydreams of the garden I’m going to grow when it warms up again, plenty of Pinterest inspiration for that :)

  10. Kimberly B says:

    Lots of hot tea! And actually taking the time to go for walks in the snow. It helps me appreciate its beauty more and moan about it less. :) And of course knitting some new winter accessories. It has to be cold outside so I can wear them!

  11. My secret to beating the winter blues is a full spectrum light. I feel like it’s cheating, but it really helps to get a couple hours of “daylight” to knit by in the evenings.

  12. Normally winter time in my neck of the woods here on Vancouver Island is like a much colder version of spring – as in no to not much snow, crispy air, and still a good amount of sun. But this winter it has been insanely cold! I’ve been trying to beat the winter blues by having “dance parties” with my little kiddo. As we dance to a mix of music from pop to rock to “the pizza song” we can warm up, have fun, and make fabulous mommy and son memories! :)

    Thanks for such a lovely giveaway!!

  13. Camille Keith says:

    We are having a rare snow day in Portland, OR today and I’m still deciding what to do with my day! I like to cozy up with a good book (and reading something set in a tropical climate seems appealing right now) or knit a lacy shawl in bright colors. And hot spicy tea or peppermint hot chocolate helps too :)

  14. Eleanor says:

    Beating the winter blues for me means lots of good tea (trying all of the favors ;)) and being sure to share it with friends – I think laughter is a good way to warm up!

  15. Rachael H says:

    My trick is to hole up with a honey whiskey and ginger ale, knitting that I really love (working on a sweater for each daughter right now) and nature documentaries about lovely warm places!

  16. Marilynn Hart says:

    I love to brew a hot mug of earl grey, choose a video on Netflix, and settle in with my latest WIP!
    Thank you for the chance to win such beautiful yarn and your lovely patterns.

  17. Kelly says:

    Winter blahs?! No way!! I love getting out and snapping pictures of all the beauty around me. We have trees that bloom this time of year and everything turns green from the rain. It is beautiful!!

  18. Grace says:

    Wear bright colors, use bright colors on my pots (I’m a potter), watch the squirrels frolicking in the snow right outside of my studio windows and drink hot chocolate.

  19. Gretcheng says:

    Many people mentioned hot tea, but they forgot the cookies! Bake some cookies to make that tea taste extra good–the hot oven warms the house and the scent of baking cookies makes everyone smile when they walk in the door.
    I’m glad you’re back! Thanks for bringing us some fun new stuff.

  20. Ariel S says:

    My best defense against winter blahs seems to be a ridiculous riot of color in my knitting and spinning. I normally love neutrals, but come January and February they just feel like a slog. Also, Girl Scout cookies tend to emerge this time of year, and there’s no day that isn’t made better by a few thin mints!

  21. Rachel Ann says:

    To kick the winter blues, our Upstate New York village is having its annual Winterfest (starting this evening!), complete with human dog-sled races, fireworks, ghost walks, and a bonfire! We’re lucky to have a ‘skating rink’ on our village green right down the block, too. Getting out seems to be a great help. Saturdays in winter, we cross-country ski and then I make a pot of soup and my husband reads to me while I knit… Other things that help are getting a few new baby houseplants and helping them to grow. But one of the best things to escape the mid-winter blahs is picking out the seed order for spring!

  22. Sarah says:

    I love to use vibrant colours when I knit to beat the blahs. I am however thankful, that winter means no sweaty hands while I knit!

  23. Word Lily says:

    Warm drinks, cozy sweaters and socks, and bright colors! Color and more color is a must on these grey days.

  24. Lynette Anderson says:

    A good friends, good book, a cup of tea some yarn and my needles.

  25. Dana says:

    How do I get through winter? Lots and lots of tea, and lighting candles every chance I get. The Ikea candles are nice and cheap, so I don’t feel bad going through so many tea lights, and their pillar candles are very nice, especially in our fireplace.

  26. Lynn says:

    My response to the midwinter blahs is usually to start planning summer adventures! Heading to Google maps and planning out a road trip, researching new National Parks to check out, and discovering new roadside attractions is a sure way to shine a light into the dark days of winter. In fact, I’ve been getting the urge to start for a couple of days now…

  27. Renee Wild says:

    Beating the winter blues you ask???? What a great question! Living in the Twin Cities is a challenge during the winter months. Reading, knitting, exercising and getting together with friends (to complain about the weather) are the main activities I have been passing the minutes, days and weeks with. A glass or two of wine in the evenings helps as well. Thank you for the opportunity to win the pattern and yarn. The possibility of winning, something to look forward to.

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  29. Kelly-Ann says:

    I’m still trying to find ways to beat the winter blues. Lately, I am finding comfort in the heated car seats. The other day when my husband drove the car, he actually said they were burning and too hot…to me, that is the best. I have been known to linger in the car a little bit after I pull into the garage so my bum can soak up the last bit of heat 😉

  30. Melanie says:

    I’m so sick of winter! So cold and grey! This yarn just might brighten up a cloudy day!

  31. Tracey C. says:

    When winter starts get to me, I make a lemon tart. Something about the color and tartness makes me think of the best parts of summer.

  32. Evelyn says:

    Boy, do I have the winter blues this year. It seems like we’re having snow storm after snow storm but rather than let the weather get me down too much, I’ve been knitting the coziest and warmest projects I can find. Just knowing that I have a wooly project on the needles when I get home from work has kept my spirits up! Oh, and of course hot cups of coffee and dark chocolate keeps a smile on my face, too!

  33. Dominica Plummer says:

    Warm and snug by the woodstove, working on your Starfish Cardigan with a fabulous merino alpaca mix—that’s my recipe for beating the winter blues!

  34. Max says:

    I sometimes suffer from winter blues and blahs, but I’m not sure if I’ve ever thought of beating them in an organized way. I find I mind the winter less if I have some idea that I am starting something new, rather than withdrawing or just waiting it out. One year, I decided to try a new recipe once a week and it really helped. It was quite easy to do and rather fun. Another year, I decided to do weekly skating lessons. I still skate every week and it is still a nice way to reset my happiness levels every week. This year I’ve thought of taking up the new recipe idea, of adding a weekly yoga or ballet class, but I haven’t! I’m kind of bogged down with other things at the moment. I think they are still great ideas! And there is always, still, my knitting.

  35. I hate to say it, but I wish I had winter blues to chase away. My husband laughs because I like to pretend Southern California has a winter. I like to sit by the fires and knit something big and wooly to keep my lap warm. Or cozy up by the fire with a good book and some tea or coffee. … I wish it was colder here! I am jealous of your fall colors, too!

  36. Shakurra Amatulla says:

    Get as much light as possible, even if it’s artificial. Great scenario: knitting under soft lights and music. Good stuff!

  37. Judi says:

    It seems like an endless winter this year… We haven’t seen bare pavement here in quite awhile. But a pot of Earl Grey Cream tea, a set of circular needles, some super soft merino wool, and a few episodes of Supernatural, featuring my fav brothers, Sam and Dean Winchester … That’s what I call a fantastic winter weekend just outside of Toronto, Ontario. :-)

  38. Susan says:

    Lots of coffee in the mornings
    Glass of wine in the evening
    Keeping busy during the day
    Always a knitting project on hand
    That’s how I get through Wisconsin winter!

  39. Ruby says:

    Living in southern California doesn’t include much “cold” weather although I do get some. It’s nice to be able to bring out the sweaters, jackets, scarves and hats. I’ve gotten more weather this year that’s allowed me to wear my bundle-ups. I like neutrals but when it’s sweater weather, I go for the brights, especially anything with red. My mountain views can be spectacular but not so colorful, not green but more gray/brown rock. So I like having that pop of color to perk up the spirits.

  40. Carol White says:

    To fend off the midwinter blahs, we cook up a lot of delicious soups and stews to keep us warm and cozy. And we make sure our hummingbirds are well fed during the winter (including bringing the feeder in at night so it doesn’t freeze) so that there’s always something beautiful outside our window even on the gloomiest of days. Thanks for your blog and your beautiful patterns! I’m working on a Catboat right now.

  41. karen says:

    I typically love winter and usually survive it by drinking lots of pots of good tea. But this winter has been brutal and I am so over it. We just got back from a southern vacation – Savannah GA. And while it was not terribly warm – it was warmer than here.

  42. Estella says:

    I beat the winter blues by knitting something I can wear in the spring or summer. Light, bright colors and short sleeves!

  43. Katy says:

    I bury myself in handknits, knowing I won’t get any use out of them when warmer weather hits. :) My 13 year-old thinks I look like a bag lady, but oh well!

  44. Rainy Daisy says:

    I’m not messing around this winter. I’ve got a light box (the blue light thing, not the photography thing), I work out/do yoga every day, plan my garden…..and this year, I’ve been cooking my way through the Smitten Kitchen cookbook. <3


  45. Jaime says:

    Baking! Especially dark chocolate and butterscotch scones :).

  46. Susan aka Buttonband on Ravelry says:

    Hiking -it makes me appreciate the beauty of winter even when it is 0 degrees. Love the hat and cowl.

  47. Laura H says:

    A hot cup of tea and lots of color! My winter wardrobe is so colorful that it’s hard to find a dull outfit.

  48. Kerry says:

    Pedicures! Until just a few years ago they were something reserved for the summer months. I don’t know what there is about taking off socks and boots and seeing bright, freshly painted piggies that makes me smile so big, but they do!

  49. Carla says:

    It may sound weird, but getting out in the cold and snow make me appreciate all in my life.

  50. Miss Agnes says:

    Oh yeah, the winter blues hit hard this year as we suffered from polar cold here in Quebec. My preferred weapon is chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. Preferably in front of a good movie – I’ve been watching my favorite Cary Grant movies again, and knitting legwarmers and socks that keep my feet warm.
    Blue is not my preferred color, but this St Bart looks like the Carribean sea, what a great name for it and what a lovely shade to make us dream of summer.

  51. tanya says:

    my favourite winter activity so far has been getting away from it! we took a vacation a few years ago to argentina at the end of feb and into march. coming back when spring was starting was the best way to beat the winter blahs. but since vacations haven’t been able to happen these last few years, i’d say having friends over for dinner and drinks is a lovely way to forget about the cold and snow.

  52. Kat says:

    I used to hate winter, but since learning to knit, I’ve almost come to enjoy it. I like to plant myself on the couch in front of a few episodes of Dr. Who, with a kitty or three at my side, or else at the kitchen table with a mug of hot coffee, and tackle the big projects: sweaters, blankets, carry-all bags. The nice thing about these larger swaths of knitted fabric is that you can spread them across your lap while you work on them for an extra layer of coziness.

  53. Patricia says:

    I try to work out, and I think buying yarn helps too!

  54. stephanie tipton says:

    A short, brisk walk with my little dogs can really help. Otherwise, I spend a lot of time drinking coffee and reading under the covers!

  55. JanetRich says:

    Something sunny would be a wonderful change from this loooong, cold, gray winter.

  56. tracy_a says:

    Getting though a long, snowy winter here by drinking a lot of hot cocoa, wearing a bright yellow scarf, and knitting a rainbow-colored blanket!

  57. Laura H says:

    Mid winter blahs… sometimes you just have to go with the flow and cuddle in with a good cup of coffee, a nice crackling fire in the fireplace and either a good book or a great new knitting project. :)

  58. Juniperjane says:

    Even though I live in north central Florida (don’t hate me!) February is rough. The weather fluctuates within a week from 29 degrees to 78. Few people dress appropriately, and the pollen begins dumping down, causing allergies and hacking coughs all over town. And when it rains, the high humidity causes the cold to sink deep into your bones. My cure is a pot of spaghetti sauce with spicy sausage on the stove while the cold grey rain comes down in buckets every afternoon. I never get tired of it, and my kiddos go to bed with a full tummy, after a hot bath and stories by the fire.

  59. Justin says:

    homemade butterbeer and handknit socks and gloves!!

  60. Lindsay says:

    Books and fresh flowers. :)

  61. Jessica says:

    I love winter clothes and wearing my hand knit items. I also tend to go on cleaning/purging sprees.

  62. Dixie says:

    I plant and surround myself with blooming Amaryllis, Paper whites, and, with luck, an orchid, too!
    Piping hot tea served in a beautiful cup, along with good books–several overflowing with beautiful garden pics and yarn that pleases add to the soften the edges of winter for me. And who can pass up a you tube video streaming bird songs…
    Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  63. Stacey Bevins says:

    Keep on knitting as often as I can or any other fiber related craft I enjoy. Tasty food helps too and trying new recipes.

  64. Good to hear from you, I figured you were in hibernation. Lovely to see the new knits! I think the only cure for winter blahs which I have in spades, is new hats, cowls and sweaters in February. That’s my goal.

  65. Dana says:

    I’m Canadian, so this has been a pretty typical winter for us…but we find ways to get through, and mine is my plant room! I have lots of green all year this way, but I make sure to have blooming plants so winter doesn’t feel so long…Christmas cactus and african violets in lots of colours. It’s my knitting room too, where I sit with my tea (in a thermos) to pour some into my fiesta ware mug (I have four cheerful colors) in between rows of knitting. Thanks for the chance to win, the patterns look lovely!

    Dana (DanaRae19 on Ravelry)

  66. Mackenzie says:

    I use “baking therapy.” Every day that I feel blah, I make some cookies or bread.

  67. Francis says:

    We are not use to this much winter in Texas. To beat the blues I’m finishing winter knits that apparently will still be able to be worn this year.

  68. Sheila says:

    The best way to beat the winter blahs is, of course, to just flee from winter. I’m hoping to go to Florida in the next month or so.

  69. Tracy says:

    Hot tea or coffee, fireplace, hand knit socks, and sitting close to loved ones!

  70. Cheryl says:

    I don’t really mind winter. We grew up in Wisconsin and now live in Maine. I’ve always thought of January and February as total freedom months for knitters…there is really nothing else to do but knit. I love to knit and try to squeeze it in whenever possible, but feel a bit guilty because there is always something else that I “should” be doing…not the case this time of year. Another cup of Earl Grey, episode after episode of Lark Rise to Candleford and my knitting have been getting me through this winter. Looking forward to Friday afternoon with my knitting friends is essential to my health and well being year round!

  71. Salena says:

    I drink a lot of tea and hot cocoa, knit like mad, and have many impromptu dance parties with my toddler. :-)

  72. Meagan says:

    I beat the winter blues by drinking coffee 😉

  73. Alicia says:

    Great hat! I beat the blues by knitting with as much color as possible… everywhere. Even better if I can spin and dye some colorful skeins, too. Also, tea. Tea helps.

  74. knockonwool says:

    I have found a strange combo of tea and a rare excursion where I brave the elements for a run to do the trick. I’m heading out for a run right now hoping my lips don’t freeze off!

    Rav: knockonwool

  75. Kemper says:

    I’ve been sick for much of the winter (my immune system has taken a serious beating this season) and the only thing that’s kept me feeling anything other than completely bored is knitting! My boyfriend requested a scarf so I’m making him the Quay cabled scarf by Brooklyn Tweed. It’s an interesting pattern and knitting it pairs nicely with getting cuddled up on the couch with a glass of red wine and an old movie.

  76. Allison says:

    I usually coast through cold Januarys on birthday cake. My mom and I have January birthdays two days apart, and our tradition is for her to bake a chocolate cake and me to make a cheesecake. And then February hits! I’ve found that citrus helps, so I usually bake a lemon yogurt cake in February, which is like sunshine you can eat. This year, though, I made key lime pie to get my citrus fix.

    This year we’ve been stuck inside lots because of the snow, so my husband and I have instituted a weekly ritual of building a fire in the evening and having a board game party on our living room floor. We turn on the radio and crack open a couple bottles of our favorite beer. It helps!

    Oh, oh, oh. A couple more things. To combat dry winter skin, I’ve been slathering on coconut oil and lavender essential oil every night. And even though I love to knit with cream and gray yarns, I’ve been logging plenty of time on a bright red Larch cardigan to keep my knitting spirit up.

    I hope some of these little things might be of use to you!

    persimmontea on Ravelry

  77. Cathie says:

    I made jars and jars of marmalade the colour is divine and the smell and zingy taste transports you to sunny climates, I stand them on the window sill where the light can shine through. I also hand them out to friends to help spread the love :-)

  78. Cheryl says:

    I get the mid winter blahs in the worst way . We usually try to escape New England’s winter weather by going down south for a week each year but it hasn’t been in the budget for three winter’s now…so what I’ve done instead is indulge myself in some online “window shopping” of spring/summer and resort wear. I try to buy one thing nice and bright and springy to perk myself up at this time of year! Even if I just wear it around the house with a big cardigan on top it makes me feel hopeful at least!

  79. KnitterKitter says:

    I beat the winter blues by knitting with as many fun, vibrant colors as I can. I also drink lots and lots of hot tea.

  80. KimW says:

    This has been quite a winter, calling for plenty of strategies for survival! I can sometimes embrace all of the white outside my door by lighting lots of candles on the dinner table and even while watching tv. When I’m getting fed up with winter woes, I look for color — colorful foods like oranges and colorful veggies in a salad, and my favorite of all is colorful yarn. I try to be working on a colorful project and also display some of my favorite skeins in pretty bowls around the house. Inspiration for spring and also for future projects!

  81. Catherine Mumby says:

    My favourite thing to do anytime – but especially when it’s cold outside – is to troll through my wool stash. When there’s a chill in the air there is nothing better than the feel of my beautiful angoras, merinos and mohairs. Touching them not only warms my hands, it helps me instantly recall the lovely projects I have in mind for each, patiently waiting their turn in my ever-growing ‘to knit’ list!

  82. Ruth C says:

    I beat the winter blahs by bundling up, going outside, building a snowman,making snow angels, or taking a walk. Go sledding with grands and drink hot chocolate with them. Everything looks better through their eyes!

  83. Jill W says:

    The winter blahs always hit the hardest after the holidays and my son goes back to college. Sometimes all you can do is hunker down – I don’t go out except to work, I don’t go to exercise class, I don’t cook (unless I feel like it), I don’t clean, I eat what I want, I sit around under a warm afghan and knit or read and watch tv. After about a week of this, I’m ready to get up and start moving again!

  84. Emily Zollweg-Horan says:

    I love this time of year because I can curl up with my knitting and a movie and not feel guilty that I should be doing something else. To beat back the blues, I bundle up in all my knitted awesomeness and venture out into the crisp sunshine! Briefly.
    6emily on Ravelry

  85. spiffypaws says:

    Dress warmly, preferably in stuff you have made yourself (or by someone who loves you) and get outside and face it! Then, go inside and drink really good beer or some wine.

  86. Kelly K. says:

    Comfy couch, pillows, blanket over lap, knitting/crocheting lots of colorful yarny goodness, hot tea/coffee (depending on time of day), Netflix, hot soup/steel cut oatmeal with maple syrup (when hungry). Boom – take that winter blues!

    Rav ID: kellknit

  87. Jody says:

    I love your knitting and your blog pictures show it off so well. I wish I was on your side of the pond so I could enter. I will just have to search the internet for similar blue sky coloured yarn. We could use some blue skies here.