Norwich had it's First Frost recentl anyd I must say it was quite a shock to the system. I was already wearing my fingerless mittens but when cycling it turned out these were just not up to the challenge and my poor finger tips were turning blue. The following day I was more prepared and had dusted off my proper gloves.
I still had problems with my neck and ears though. I wore a scarf but this was actually a bit too much and after cycling 5 miles I was a bit too hot so I figured I needed something a bit lighter but enough to keep the chill of my neck. I suffered a nasty chest infection last year after cycling on several mornings when it had dropped to -10 degrees when I already had a cold so I am particularly keen not to get that ill again this winter. I think dressing appropriately for the weather is an important step so I came up with a little neck warmer.
It fits comfortably under my jacket and just covers my neck. It can also be pulled up over my nose when it's extra chilly.
The other clothing dilemma I had was how to keep my ears warm. Of course I always wear a helmet (safety first) and wearing a woolly hat under that is an option but after a few minutes it generally gets far too hot and i have to stop and remove it. But wear no hat and my ears get to that stage when they feel frozen solid and as if they are about to drop off. I experimented wearing a head band over my ears and it did the job perfectly - kept my ears cosy but allowed enough air to my head. Being a tatty old thing that's usually only used to keep the hair off my face whilst washing I thought I would make a woolly one to coordinate with my neck warmer so this was my creation:
It's just right for fitting under my helmet and keeping my ears toasty. Both patterns are available on my Knitting Patterns Page and are super easy and quick to do. I now need to make some in other colours to coordinate with my other jackets.
I am now ready to do battle with the frosty mornings and am almost even looking forward to the next one to put my new practical accessories to the test. Typically it's been a bit warmer of late but I'm sure it wont last.