These are my mukluks. Twenty five years ago, when we were living in Fort St. John (this would be way up north), Jay gave these to me for my birthday. They are the best birthday gift I have ever received. Natives living in nearby communities make these by hand. The red material is felt and the bottom is the hide from a moose. I still marvel at how the women who made these were able to sew those beads onto the leather. The brown is beaver fur. It is possibly the softest thing I have ever touched, and as someone who works with many different fibres that is saying a lot.
When we lived up north you would often see people wearing mukluks. I have no idea if that is still true. Thanks to the extremely cold temperatures I have been able to wear these for the past few days.
|Frugal Luxury #1: Toasty toes on a cold winter's day|
These mittens were a quick knit. I love the braided tie that wraps around the mitten cuff to keep out the snow and cold air.
|Frugal Luxury #2: Warm hands on a cold winter's day|
Jenny, our cute but rather wimpy miniature dachshund, absolutely loathes the cold. It became apparent on day one of the cold snap that a trip to the pet store was in order. When we took her outside she tried to walk on three legs, and when that didn't work out too well for her she just gave up and plopped down on the snow. Telling her to channel her inner Siberian husky did not work.
|Frugal Luxury #3: laughter|
I hope wherever you are you are managing to stay warm. Spring is just two short months away!