Knitting for Goldilocks

“I’m not cold!” my sister insisted. Her lips were blue, but she refused to put on her coat.

We relived this scene almost every winter morning at the bus stop.

These days, this girl takes cold weather a bit more seriously.

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You can tell because she has slept in a teepee, trained for a marathon and showshoed up a mountain in freezing temperatures — and she’s still alive.

So when I set out to design a knitted cowl for another brave, marathon-running lady, my sister was the obvious person to advise me. Here is her standard:

“A running cowl… must be tight enough to stay in place but breathable material so as not to make a face sauna.”

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And Jenny’s Head Fell Off

That was the best line from a scary story my elementary school teachers used to read out loud. You can hear it for yourself here!

If you weren’t fortunate enough to have this book as part of your childhood, and don’t care to experience it now, here’s the gist of it: A girl named Jenny always wears a ribbon around her neck, and she won’t tell her friend (later her husband) the reason why. At the end of her life, Jenny tells him he can untie it. And…

Yep. It was holding her head on.

If you happen to have a detached head, this project won’t do you much good. But if you have a firmly connected cranium—and I hope you do—you can rest easy, because it won’t strangle you either! And it will do you plenty of good as a stylish accessory that keeps your nice, normal neck warm.

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