Michigan winters tend to be grey most days. Oscar and I both have S.A.D., so this is not something we take for granted. I'm planning a post full of tips to help with this stuff, but for now I wanted to show you one of the tools in my arsenal. Rae of Rae's Yarn Boutique sent me some 'Socks that Rock' yarn as a thank you for knitting something for her. The colors were so bright that just petting the yarn made me feel more cheerful, so I decided to make a pair of socks from Lynn's Colorjoy First Time toe-up sock pattern adjusted for my odd feet to wear during gloomy Michigan days.
Then I decided to make a pair of wristwarmers, as my wrists are MUCH closer to my eyes :-} I used Lynn's knit to fit wristwarmer design, adapted for my chunky thumb pads.
Then I had yarn left and I wanted to make more modular-knit triangles and I was playing with an idea of a hat with just the top in triangles, the rest knit in stockinette... so the rest of the yarn went for that. The hat is edged with yarn as soft as a baby alpaca's butt... And you know something? It really does cheer me up to wear them.
If I wear ONLY my happy toes ensemble, it cheers up Oscar no end too. ;-}