Tucking In for the Winter

Paul's SquirrelThe nights are getting colder around here. How about in your neck of the woods? I know some of you are heading into summer, but around here we’re waiting for the snow flurries to start up. If you’re heading into winter, there are some things you will want to do to prepare. (All squirrels have to do is hide a few nuts, but our list is a little longer.)

1. Gather a few new (hearty) recipes to whip up for winter. I plan on trying some of these soups and some of these main dishes in the coming months.

2.  Make a list of movies or TV shows that you want to catch up on. I just finished The Blacklist. Next up: Homeland. (Any other suggestions?)

3. Shore up your yarn stash to insure proper insulation for your home and loved ones. Let it not be said that it’s cold in your house. Current stash doesn’t count. You need some new stash to stir things up a bit. Trust me on this. 😉

Breck14. Compile a list of books on tape that you can listen to while you knit or sew. It looks like you can try a free audiobook from Audible.com. (I’m not a member of Audible – I just googled free audiobooks and that came up. Feel free to share other options below.)

5. Plan a few new projects to get your creative juices flowing. (It keeps you warmer). Did you know that when knitting you should switch between weights and needle sizes from time to time, to give your hands and fingers a break? Plan some light projects (lace, fingering, sport weights) and some heavier projects (DK, worsted, bulky weights), and switch between them during the week.

I love winter. I’m ready to get into wearing cozy sweaters and settling in by the fire with a good project, a hot beverage, and a good book or movie to listen to. Do you have any book/movie/TV/yarn/pattern/recipe suggestions for us?

Sheri ofcourseit’snotfuntodriveinthesnow.Shouldwejuststayhomeallwinter?


  1. Stay home all winter?? I wish my boss would buy that! I’d surely catch up on some of my knitting that way!! 😉

    PS – I love winter too! Having grown up in Chicago and Michigan, I’m a winter babe at heart!

  2. I can’t say I love winter and I absolutely hate driving in snow – but since I’m retired that is not too much of a problem. Like the squrrels I’m stashing – ingredients for my cheese, chili, and vegetable beef soups. I already have a large stash of cocoa mix, DVD’s to watch and of course more yarn than I’ll ever knit up in my lifetime. So bring on the winter – although a few more warm October days will be appreciated.

  3. Sheri, we spent last winter watching Foyle’s War on Netflix. It is a BBC show that takes place during WWII. It is a drama about a detective. Each episode he & his partners solve a mystery. I don’t want to say too much, but I would highly recommend it. I could watch them over & over. The series is so well written & acted.

  4. I really hate driving in winter!!! I’m a Michigan girl as well and still hate driving in the stuff! Yes, even here in dairyland!
    I’ve been a member of Audible for a few years now. Great stuff. There are different levels of membership available to a person. I pay 14.95 a month for 1 credit which is one book or title. You don’t have to be a monthly member but the titles cost more. I have listened to a number of great books!!! I listen while I knit, if I’m on a car trip, at night before bed and occasionally while driving on long trips. I have my Bluetooth earpiece that I use for privacy and for taking calls. Audible also has specials occasionally and 3.95 daily deals. I’ve been very happy so far! If you’re new to them, you do get a free starter and I believe a discount on another title. I get the best of both worlds- knitting and a great story at the same time!!! If you’re looking for some good titles— Elizabeth Gilbert’s “The Signature of All Things” and the new Jan Karon Mitford books are EXCELLENT!!!
    I’m going to start watching Downton Abbey from the beginning. I’m slow to catch on to that one!
    Food- well, chocolate is seasonless!!!! Hot tea, iced tea and GODIVA hot chocolate are wonderful!!!! I have a few knitting projects in mind for the upcoming months!

  5. I’ve been rewatching The X-Files. After that, I’ll catch up on The Blacklist and Marvels Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Loved Foyle’s War, can’t second that one enough. Another suggestion: Midsommer Murders. It’s a huge and very addictive series of “cozy mysteries.” Me, I’m waiting for it to cool off a bit more before I light up the fireplace and settle in with whatever I’m knitting. I have several things on queue….

  6. I’ll be starting my winter here by heading to the cabin for the weekend and relaxing in front of the fireplace while I work on my final Loopy Academy project. We already woke up to our first dusting of snow last weekend, so cozy! Until Monday morning, that is. I’ve got to keep working to finance my yarn addiction! 🙂

  7. I’ve been catching up on Sleepy Hollow the last couple of days and knitting away on several projects. Spooky shows always seem so perfect for this time of year.

    I’ve been re-reading the Harry Potter series too. Cold weather and long nights are perfect for staying in and reading. 🙂

  8. Here is the San Francisco Bay Area we are in the last bits of summer (yes, summer). There is a bit of a chill in the night air, but we are still hitting daytime highs in the 70-80s by the bay and even hotter in the inland valleys. I am so ready for fall and some rain for our drought-stricken state.

  9. I am so ready for some cooler temps but way down here in the deep south – we have barely broke 50’s at night just yet. It is a pleasant 79 degrees right now and no humidity – we’ll take what we can get !!! Sheri you really should start Sleepy Hollow back on Season 1 and watch it all the way thru – you really can’t get the full impact of what is happening if you just hit and miss on this one. I love it but that Tom Mison is probably the reason why LOL – my husband is less enamored and says it’s too “dark” for him.
    as far as projects go – I am having a hard time getting revved back up this fall after camp loopy – I have hardly knit at all. I’m supposed to be doing the Pour Moi KAL on RAV and I have just finished the border (sigh) – I want to start Hitofude with your group and I have an Adrift going in MalaB Lace that is just drifting along. Those soups you listed sound great ! enjoy your cozy fall weekend – sounds heavenly – Mel

  10. You could go to a public library in your area and find free audio books and DVDs.

    I am looking forward to winter and snowshoeing. And also wearing my handknits!

  11. I wait all year for Winter.. Its my favorite season. Cinnamon, Apple Chamomile Tea , String n Sticks….and Good TV..Make Winter perfect..Oh and lots and lots of Snow too! .
    Well, I am catching up with Covert Affairs, Suits,White Collar and ScandalI on TV,,,I am an avid Romance reader too…Love Jill Shalvis, Susan Wiggs, Kristin Higgins, Robyn Carr……and so many more wonderful authors….You will love The Apple Orchard and then The Beekeepers Ball…both from Susan Wiggs…Oh and you have to read the Rachel Herron books…They are a knitters dream. Romance of course… and lots of wonderful Fibers…
    Here in NH, we love a big pot of Meatballs and sauce simmering on the stove on a cold day…Pizza works too…
    Let me know please, when anyone sees the First Snowflakes….
    Best, snowhugs

  12. Check your public library for audiobooks! Most of them have books on CD and many will have Overdrive–where you can checkout audiobooks and ebooks and download them to your devices. Saves more money for yarn. *sage nod*

  13. This winter I’ll be knitting a baby blanket for a great niece or nephew. Something tells me our Yorkie will be on my lap a lot as I knit and get my almost nightly fix of MASH. I never ever tire of Hawkeyes and company.

  14. I aman Audible member and I’ve discovered that I knit “better” (fewer mistakes, faster speed, etc.) when I listen to books while knitting. My favorite recent “read” was “Me Before You” by Jojo Moyes. It is a sad story, but the emotions it evokes are real. I’ve finished all three Loopy Academy projects by listening to books!

  15. There is something about gathering the people and things you love together and settling in after our busy summer and fall. I love the smells coming from the kitchen and being wrapped in a quilt in front of the fire. I do love books as much as I love yarn and can never have enough of either of them. I get books on cd from the library and put them on my phone. I always have a book with me. I listen while I work around the house, go for walks, and knit!!

    Another good tv series is Call the Midwife. It is not a mystery but a great BBC series set in the 50’s and available on Netflix.

  16. What a great post, Sheri. I love winter, too, but not the extremes that we have here in Iowa. That’s why hubby and I head to our condo in Estes Park after Christmas when the deep freeze arrives. Winter in EP is so beautiful and it’s a lot closer to Loopy Ewe, too!! 🙂

    Have you watched Heartland? It’s a Canadian show that takes place on a horse ranch near Banf. Lots of mountain scenery and horses. A great family show. We have watched the first 5 seasons on Netflix and can’t wait for the next one to be released.

    1. Some of my midwest friends don’t believe me when I tell them that winters in CO are much nicer than in Iowa/Missouri/Illinois. I’m glad you’ve found that out! (Have not watched Heartland, but we will check it out.)

  17. Oh my gosh! I just read everyone’s posts- now I have way more shows and books to catch up on! I really want to check out the Sleepy Hollow and Call the Midwife shows. They look and sound sooo interesting! Thanks everyone!

  18. A good book hard to find is A Woman From Berlin. It was a true story from a woman’s perspective of what it really was like through the German woman’s eyes during World War 2.

  19. Although not quite as good as “Call the Midwife,” “The Paradise” is a fun period show to watch. I highly recommend “Foyles War” too.

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