The weather has turned so bitterly cold, my now reptilious hands have given up the fight against any cream I slather on and I have been known to wear one of my new hats indoors (actually I love them so much, I'm not sure that's entirely necessary). Early morning the pavements are icy and treacherous.
At the weekend, with the sun shining as beautifully as it is today, we dressed rather quicker than usual and went to the beach for a walk. Little did I think that the beauty of the blue skies above belied the danger on the ground and within moments I slipped down a steep hill on a large sheet of ice, hurting my hand so badly I thought I may have broken it. It hurt so much I was buckled up with the pain, pressing my hand between my knees to try and dull it somehow. Now, the husband, although concerned, wondered out loud more than enough times how in the heck I managed to miss such an enormous length of ice. He actually spent a little too long pondering this question for my liking that I could have swung for him .. only I was one hand down already!
As we soldiered on with visions of hanging up my ski boots for the season, or no skating (really must arrange some lessons), it wasn't until we were back to the safety of a warm home and a boiling kettle, that the true horror set in. What if I couldn't knit? The knowledge that opening a bottle of wine could be troublesome was nothing compared to not being able to pick up the needles.
Fear not, though, dear readers, you will be pleased to hear that anti-inflammatories and an immediate ice pack (huh, she was spoiled for choice there, she says bitterly) worked wonders and, after a couple of days, I am now back to beavering away on my cardigan. Incidentally, many a time have I ruminated on why some Ravellers have so many wips on the go at any one time. But after suffering from this cold spell (being such a delicate flower) I can quite see the appeal because I'm considering going off on a bit of a tangent to knock up this soothing pattern.
Keep warm, northern hemispherites and mind that ice. And as for those of you living in the southern part of this globe, it'll be your turn soon enough, brrrr! Have a great day!