Maybe it was a case of frostbite as a child. Maybe it’s something called Raynaud’s Syndrome. Recently, someone told me poor circulation in my fingers and toes was the result of my years as a smoker (even though I haven’t smoked in over twenty years). No matter. The truth is that it is difficult for me to keep my fingers sufficiently warm enough to fully enjoy the winter activities of skiing and snowshoeing.
This warming problem is not an issue for most people when it comes to highly aerobic winter sports like cross country skiing. All that heat being generated in the body’s core is bound to extend to the most extreme extremity, and that’s why you’ll see cross country skiers wearing almost no clothes on even the coldest days. Except for me.
In spite of purchasing the warmest, most insulated ski mitts on the market and wearing them with synthetic liners (to wick away all the moisture from sweat – something my hands apparently don’t know anything about) I have been reduced to tears on at least two occasions this season from the pain of frostbitten finger tips.
It was time for serious action.
My defensive strategy looks like this:
I’ve combined a self-patterning wool/nylon sock yarn with Rowan kidsilk haze for a form-fitting glove that will fit inside my ski mittens. The trouble is, these gloves are turning out to be so gorgeous with that halo of kidsilk haze muting the sock yarn patterning that I do hate to hide them inside another pair of gloves.
Solution? Knit myself a second pair to wear all alone.