Somehow it happened...I blinked and the cool fall rains that bring that familiar earthy scent of damp leaves laying on the ground have come and gone. The harsher percipitation of heavy snows that blanket us in the winters here in rural New England - (albeit giving mother earth the much needed rest after all her efforts put into spring and summer's bounty of colorful life that was abundant in our gardens and in the wild), have arrived unusually early this year. Despite the warm weather that has followed those early snows there is still significant evidence of their early arrival. My poor new garden was buried before I had the chance to cover all my new plants with straw as an extra bit of protection to get them through their first winter - now I must just hope and wait til spring arrives.
So, what do we do when the thermometer has dropped to the brrrrrrrr level and the snow goes over the tops of all of your boots? Stay inside where it is toasty warm, sipping a big mug of hot chocolate with homemade marshmallows in snowflake shapes (Martha Stewart recipe of course - I know, I know - many don't like her but in my defense this fab recipe was from before she changed), and we knit or crochet or spin wool of course. The favored items to make during these long winter days are scarves, wrist warmers and mittens but really any project will do as long as it involves sitting in an overstuffed chair with piles of warm fluffy yarns in your lap!
My first two scarves of the year are destined for a group in Massachusetts that delivers them to cancer patients, (including children) in hospitals all over north-western Massachusetts. (If you are interested in participating I will be adding a link on my sidebar that will take you to all the pertinent information).
One class I already have my eye on, and felt was worth mentioning here is going to be happening January 1, 2012 over at my friend Tam's site www.willowing.ning.com where she is offering a 12 month class, yes, that is an entire year with at least 15 different teachers along the way! I think that might be the ticket to dabbling my toes in the outside creative waters while keeping busy with my own thoughts...