Brr! We are currently having several days of damp, cold weather with temperatures down to freezing. And it’s the kind of cold that gets into the bones, plus on the seafront if there’s a north wind as well, it’s brrrrrrr! Look at this.
That was a chilly walk when you definitely have to wrap up and wear a woolly scarf and hat plus get out that long coat for those daily walks. But first I give you an example of a coat I love but is useless in this kind of weather.
The cut of the collar is too low and the coat is actually a long jacket and no good when the wind whistles around my legs. And that new coat of mine? That is also not good in cold breezy weather as there’s a split to the waist at the back.
So when it’s a freezing day, nearly every time, I’ll pick this coat.
I bought this charity shop coat in March this year and here’s the photo I took in that month. I note that at that point that I’m still not entirely well and I hadn’t started putting on my quite heavy smokey-eyed eye makeup that I wear every day.
The only downside of this coat, which I actually love, is that the buttons stop half-way down the coat rendering it not quite as useful if windy.
So on windy days I wear the red puffa coat you’ve seen before, which has a zip from top to bottom.
This puffa isn’t a charity shop buy, nevertheless it’s quite a bargain as it’s a Michael Kors coat that was bought new at £40 from the bargain designer rail at TKMaxx.
But today, people, it’s really bitter outside, so I think it might be fur coat time, faux fur, I hasten to add. The last time I wore this amazing coat was three winters ago. It was bought at a Vintage Fair for £75. Here I am wearing it in a coffee shop in the town of Lewes. Oh, to visit a coffee shop and sit inside – it’ll be soon though!
Btw, the Nordic woolly pom-pom hat is so toasty and warm. It was bought new in Norway on one of our cruises there – the Norwegians certainly know how to dress for the cold as the gloves I bought there are also super warm.
However, I do have several fur hats and this one is good for wearing out and about. Don’t think I wore it last year. I have a similar hat in animal print. I’ll take some photos of it soon!
Finally I promised to show you the little cardi that I knitted for my new grandson Oscar when I’d finished it. Here it is.
Quite proud of it as it’s the first piece of knitting I’ve done for 14 years or thereabouts. That was a cardi for my other grandson, now aged 14 and a half!
It was a Beginners knitting kit from WoolandtheGang (they ship worldwide) and it was relatively easy as it was all garter stitch. But I’ve only gone and bought another kit that’s Intermediate. Oops – I think I’ve bitten off more than I can, you know… as this will test me somewhat as I’ve got to knit with circular needles and do a long-tail cast on. Honestly I haven’t clue, so I shall watch several YouTube demos on this technique and have a practice first.
That’s all for now. Keep warm and well.
With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper
P.S. Thanks so much all your book tips – they were all very much appreciated.