Wednesday, January 12, 2011


We're getting ready for a winter retreat with a large group of students in a very cold area of Wisconsin. Dressing in warm layers is always a priority.

As I was thinking through my warm clothing that was available, I started thinking about all that warm clothing in the dining hall. That sounds really weird, I know, but there is good reason.

The dining hall is notoriously overpacked with people. The tables and chairs are very close together. Add to that all the snowy boots clomping around, and you really want to make sure that your coats, hats, mittens, and scarves stay on the back of your chair very well rather than falling to the floor to get kicked around, soaked, or lost.

I've come to love the inside pockets of my coat for this very reason.

My absolute favorite scarf to take on this trip (made for me by a guy that helped us out in youth group when I was a student) is very bulky and not conducive to staying in a small space.

Enter Marie Anne with my solution! I can just wear this all weekend without having to take it off and put it on all the time! (oh...insight: I guess I can't spill any food on it...) This will leave my coat pockets or sleeves free for my hat and mittens.

(Wow, I'm not very experienced at taking pictures of myself. 10 shots later, I have to crop it and settle for this. Note to self: Raise your chin in self-portraits. *shudder* Note to self #2: Next time, just wait a couple hours until the photographer of the family is home from work to take it himself.)

Now I just have to decide how horrendous it will be to bypass tradition and leave my amazing fleece scarf at home... =(


  1. Thanks for following me at Teens and a Toddler. I look forward to reading your posts, as I am following you back.

  2. Have fun on the retreat. Totally cute. I am obsessed with scarves and neckwarmers...

    Thanks for linking up to Creative Juice Thursday...

  3. The neck warmer looks just wonderful. It really turned out just right. Thanks for your kind words on my blog!

  4. So nice! I just bookmarked one that has a little slit in one side to tuck the other side of my kids wants it :-)

  5. Thank you!

    Beth--that would be fun, too! Maybe I'll have to come up with a fun pattern that way next. ;-)

  6. Your pix is better than one I took with a cowl on . . .all of those NASTY "old woman chin hairs" were showing.

    Oh well, such is the price one pays when one doesn't look at one's chin up close :0}

    When you took your picture, were you looking in a mirror? I did mine by looking in a mirror, pointing the camera at myself and then seeing what was in the "screen" via the mirror.

    I like this neck warmer . . may have to make it for the niece . . it truly looks like her style :0}

  7. Yep, I took it looking at the mirror. But the mirror has a funny edge to it that was giving weird shadows. I also took it pointing the camera at the mirror, but I like your idea better!

    I hope you make the neckwarmer--it's a really fun and fast project. I was given a whole stash of buttons that had been my mom's and my grandmother's, so I had a lot of fun choosing different buttons depending on the yarn I picked. I have several more on my to-do list just because I want to use the fun buttons! ;-)

  8. Welcome baccccckkk! I know we'll be the first to know if you design a cowl with a slit :-) I;ll be your tester!

    And look at you so close to 100 followers! Yippee!

  9. Great neckwarmer! Your "note to self" part was cracking me up. I attempted something similar once - photographing a headband that I was modeling myself. Tricky!

  10. It's very pretty! Very elegant and classy, without being stuffy!

    (I LOVE the 'notes to self' true! It's taken me A LOT of practice to take pictures of myself!)



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