For those of you who haven’t been to Vancouver in November, there’s really only one thing you’ve missed: enormous quantities of rain. It’s November, and right on schedule, we’ve entered into a months-long period of what feels like solid rain. I’ve been to other parts of the world, and when it rains there, it’s simply a matter of waiting it out.
For example, in New Orleans during the early Summer it rains pretty much every day. In the morning it’s lovely, then early afternoon the thunderclouds roll in and a little while later there’s a downpour. It rains for perhaps ten or fifteen minutes, then grudgingly stops and slowly clears for another gorgeous clear evening.
In fact, it’s so predictable that folks there simply stop what they are doing the moment it starts to rain. The streets are emptied as everyone has a coffee and a beignet, and watches the rain outside. Very civilized. Didn’t I look like a fool, standing there alone in the rain slick street, wondering where in the world did everyone go?
Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way in Vancouver. If we stopped for a coffee and a doughnut here on the West Coast, and waited for the rain to stop, not only would we never get anything done, but we would all be fat and twitchy.
The answer is to bundle up… tall boots, rainproof coat, no-fuss hair and a cosy sweater render us invincible against the rain. Even today, in the kind of rain that causes natural disasters in many parts, I was puddle hopping in nothing more than a wool sweater.
The inspiration for this bracelet is my favorite, “Mom Made” Fishermans’ Knit cardigan. The handspun wool is so thick and naturally water repellent that it easily functions as a coat on the wettest days. (Although it does smell charmingly like a damp sheep). Everyone needs a sweater just like mine.
Clockwise from clasp: “Bow Lock”, “Unique”, “Blue Desert”, “Unique Amber”, “Hear 4 You”, “Scirocco”, “organic Bubbles”, “Unique Amber”, “Mistletoe”, “Cosy”, “Labradorite”, “Cosy”, “Mistletoe”, “Unique Amber”, “Organic Bubbles”, “White Paper Fold”, “Water”, “Unique Amber”, “Blue Desert”.