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.


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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Twin Leaf Hooded Scarf

I’d like to introduce knitting feat number three – a hooded scarf I deem worthy of gracing this adorable head.

Twin Leaf Hooded Scarf

I’ve already explained the glorious potential of hooded scarves in my last post – as well as the many pitfalls (exhibit a).

It follows that when I found a design that actually worked, I didn’t just hang on to it. I had to explore its possibilities.

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By Popular Demand

I’m big on variety. The spice of life.

So why another mug sweater pattern?

Mug Sweater

Well, once I got started, the requests kept coming.

And of course, I had to make them all different.

Tangled Cables Mug Sweater

And it seems that the high demand goes beyond my family and friends.

Months later, my trio of mug sweater designs is still the most popular thing on Spicy Life.

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The Mother of All Mug Sweaters

Tangled Cables Mug Sweater

Of all the mug sweaters I’ve made, this one was designed with the most love. It’s for my mother.

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My Cup of Tea

Basketweave Mug Sweater

Someday I will make a real sweater.

Someday, when I find not only time, but also the perfect design. Something wonderfully classy that won’t go out of style before I finish knitting it. And something I will actually wear – and I mean a lot, if I’m going to spend that much time making it.

It’s a bucket list kind of thing.

In the meantime, I’m making sure the people I love stay warm.

Their heads, hands, ears, feet… and also their insides.

Hence, the mug sweater. It keeps the scalding heat in the drink and out of the fingers – and it lets me get creative!

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Cover up that Ugly Mug

Spring is flirting with us.

Leading us on with a taste of higher temperatures. Teasing us with warm breezes and sunshine, then taking them away again.

Mug Sweater

It’s still my favorite season.

I’m ready to put away my coats and scarves  – mentally, I already have.

But I won’t be putting away the tea-drinking habit I’ve settled into!

I’m afraid that means I will probably have a burnt tongue year-round now.

But I do have a way to drink my tea without melting the flesh off my fingers!

(And one that doesn’t involve a straw)

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