With recent cold temperatures from The Beast from the East and Storm Emma hitting the UK, I felt a bit sad that I was missing out on it! I LOVE the snow and it inspires me to want to knit more and be cosy inside. Obviously, it has a negative side too, with bitter cold temperatures, icy winds and not to mention the transport becomes a nightmare. Winter has many ways of putting you into the cold, but there are many ways to get through it and make the most of it. When the snow comes, try these tips, they will keep you warm, cosy and occupied until it melts.
1. Wear Layers
Wearing lots of layers helps to insulate your body, you can wear as many as you like with at least 3 to keep your body warm. You can wear a base layer, for example, a long-sleeved shirt, a middle layer, like a sweater and an outer layer, a thick jacket and pants.
The first layer of clothing you should wear is the one that's worn next to your skin. You can wear a long-sleeved shirt, a tee or thermals if you have them.
The middle layer is meant to help to keep you super toasty, by keeping the heat inside, wear something like a woolly sweater or fleece pullover.
The last layer is the outer layer, which you need for this kind of weather! Wear thick pants and a warm waterproof jacket.
2. Stay Dry
Make sure you stay dry, wearing a waterproof coat, snow boots, waterproof pants if you have them and an umbrella. When you are walking in the snow, ice cold temperatures, you can encounter freezing rain and ice, which can dampen your clothes and make you feel glacial.
Being prepared for this type of weather can have many benefits, invest in a good waterproof coat and snow boots, there are so many snow boots out there to choose from, it's well worth getting a pair (I recommend Sorel snow boots).
3. Wear a Hat and Gloves
There's nothing better than wearing a hat in this kind of weather! I love my beanies and I have a favourite that I wear all of the time, it is just so cosy and chunky. You can lose lots of body heat through your head, so wearing a hat is essential for staying warm in the winter.
Any exposed skin will feel the icy temperatures, so wear gloves and a scarf too. I normally wear leather gloves for regular cold temperatures, but when it snows I love mittens! Especially fur lined mittens or the white knitted cabled pair I have. They keep my hands so toasty warm and they are so pretty!
If it's really bright, wear your sunglasses too. The sun's UV rays are stronger, so wearing sunglasses is a good idea. Obviously, if you are going to a Ski place for a break, wearing sunnies or goggles is a must!
If you want to knit a hat perfect for a cold snap, take a look at my free hat patterns, there are many hat patterns for both men and women.
4. Drink Lots
Don't get dehydrated and remember to drink plenty of fluids, water and hot drinks will keep you both hydrated and warm. Make a pot of tea and keep nice and toasty in front of the fire (or heater) while working or relaxing. I really like to have a hot Greek cacao when it is cold, it really helps me to stay warm and feel cosy, even if I am outside in the town or travelling.
5. Move Your Body
If you are outside, try to keep moving, this will help you to keep your body warm. Take the dog for a walk, walk to the shop for groceries, play with the kids or have a snowball fight with friends.
If you are inside a lot, remember to move around, get up and walk around a bit, stretch your body, and move your hands and feet. I have to do this anyway because I sit and type a lot and forget to move! So I try to take regular breaks to move and stretch.
6. Stay Cosy Inside
If you are stuck indoors, there are plenty of things you can do to stay cosy, light some candles, get the blankets on the sofa, wear comfy clothes, make some tea and watch a movie with your pets. If you are having to work from home, get comfortable and make sure you are warm, with breaks scheduled. If the kids are home because school is closed, you can get crafting, playing games, cooking or catching up on homework.
7. Make Something
One way to occupy your time when stuck inside because of the bad weather is to make something new. One of the things I like best when I can't get outside is to watch an old movie and knit. You can make cosy accessories for yourself or family members to keep warm during the winter with free and easy knitting patterns. Take a look at my free knitting patterns and knit hats, scarves and cowls.
8. Catch Up With Netflix
When you have a snow day and you want to stay inside, cosy and warm, what could be better than catching up with your shows on Netflix?! I also like to catch up with shows on the BBCiplayer because I love their crime dramas like Strike, McMafia and Collateral. But I do enjoy watching Netflix and knitting when the weather is bitter cold and the heating is on. Here are my top picks for shows that I have been watching recently >
1. Seven Seconds - OMG this was compelling viewing, a sad story that will get your emotions running high. I don't want to say too much without giving lots away, this is a police/court drama that centers on corruption, racism and politics. It really was heartbreaking at times and the acting was excellent.
2. War and Peace - This is one of my favourite period dramas and I love the cast. I'm a huge James Norton fan and get a bit too excited about the love story between Prince Andrei and Natasha. I could watch this again and again, for the story, the interiors and the costumes! The Russian landscape with its snowy backdrop is also stunning.
3. Peaky Blinders - Ok so I have watched this series more than once! I can't get enough of the story, the moody sets and the vintage costumes. It's an excellent drama, with compelling storylines, actors and humour. I want to go to a Peaky Blinders bar or do the tour next time I am in the UK.
4. Vikings - I want to watch this series again now too, it is so good! It gives me ideas for knitwear and of course, it is compelling viewing. I remember learning about the Vikings at school and visiting places in Northumberland, learning about illuminated letters and Lindisfarne. It's an ingrained part of the history of the people living in the North of England (where I am from).
What could be better than having homemade soup with freshly baked bread on a freezing cold day?! Bake something and warm yourself up with sweet or savoury goods. The only chef that I get recipes from these days is Akis Petretzikis, not only is he easy on the eyes ladies, but his recipes are so easy and delicious to make. his website allows you to create your own recipe book and you can store your faves in there. I use this all of the time for ideas, for everything, cakes, crepes, soups, mains and bread.
10. Skype Friends and Family
If it's too cold to meet up then video chat from the comfort of your own sofa. It's super easy to video call anyone, anywhere which means you don't have to step outside into the cold if you don't want to or can't. Just get cosy, with the heating on, a hot chocolate and call up your besties, mom/dad or grandma and chat for hours.
I hope you have enjoyed the tips and are keeping yourself warm in the cold weather. if you have any other tips please let me know in the comments below.
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