Ermagerd. The Beast From The East is giving us a right good kicking. It is glacial out there! Ella still refuses to wear her quilted coat on dog walks, but I have fallen back heavily on my handmades.
The great thing about this blog post is that I’m recommending makes that have seen months or even years of wear – so these handmade items really work when it comes to the cold.
Three years ago I made two pairs of these socks. This winter they have been worn and machine washed on weekly rotation and they’re still going unbelievably strong. No pilling, no worn patches, they just keep warming my feet. This sock wool is off the scale – you can buy it here.
Flannel makes for some of the cosiest bedwear; I even have flannel sheets. These PJs were made two years ago. Flannel does pill with age but they’re still totally warm and snuggly. It’s worth making a full set of pyjamas every now and then, rather than relying on cast off T-shirts to wear in bed. It’s the gift (to yourself) that keeps on giving.
Woollen Culottes & Bomber Jacket
From the moment, I finished sewing these woollen culottes I have pulled them on every time it gets parky. Paired with thick tights, a Uniqlo HeatTech long-sleeved T-shirt and a jumper, I’m wrapped up as warm as a person could hope to be. It’s the quality of the wool that does it.
Boxy T Shirt
Yes, the pattern is great for layering but it’s the fabric that really turned my head. I have finally learnt the power of a high quality jersey. I can’t see this specific fabric in stock any more but it was purchased at Guthrie and Ghani and this fleece back jersey looks equally snug.
Okay, I hope you’re all staying warm and safe. Now, if someone can tell me how you go to the bathroom wearing all these layers, I’d be ever so grateful!