How do I know? Three ways.
1) The project that accompanied all of the various surgery trips during the Endless Summer of Health Issues is DONE!
Pattern: Featherweight Cardigan from KnitBot
Yarn: "Wishing," from A Verb for Keeping Warm
Mods: None. Zip. Nada. (May have made it longer than spec'd, but I don't consider lengthening or shortening to fit my body a 'modification,' really.)
2) The Dog-Walking Weather Report has started the slow climb back up the accessory ladder. You know what I mean: during the spring months, it's fun to see when you can get away with a sweater instead of a coat; then a sweater and scarf, but no mittens; then a sweater and no scarf, and pretty soon it's roll out of the house in a pair of shorts and a T-shirt. Then comes that moment when you leave the house and you think: "Maybe I'll just step back inside and put on a fleecy."
This morning, we skipped over many preliminaries and headed for the full three-tier onslaught of hat, scarf, and fingerless mitts:
(When the handknit quotient goes up to two, you know it's getting brisk out!)
3) With the accessories clearly coming back into play, Boyhood and I decided to stage an intervention in our front hallway. What had started to look like a dressing room during Nordstrom's big sale now looks like this:
We're quite chuffed with this little shoe storage cabinet from Ikea –
the drawer up top holds keys and the dog leash, and the two larger panels are tip-out storage bins are supposed to store shoes. I, of course, repurposed the top bin for …
Top section, left to right: my mittens and gloves; Boy's handknit hats; Boy's gloves.
Bottom section: my hats, sorted by general shape and sportiness (ending with my Russian Bond Girl Faux-Fur chapeau – Boy's personal favorite).
I think we're ready! How 'bout you?