It truly does. Luckily there was a break in the gloom-and-doom-style weather action. Just long enough to let us slip up to the LYS for a big fuzzy antidote.
I need a scarf, I know how to knit, problem solved!
I wanted something along the lines of a "no-brainer" project. Thick yarn, big needles, mindless pattern. One of the shop ladies pointed out "Smile" (by Reynold's, I think) in one of the noisiest colorways I've ever seen. School bus yellow, sky blue, magenta, and dark pine green. It most assuredly rocks.
Size ten needles, cast on twenty-two. Four rows of garter stitch. *One row of "knit the stitch as usual but wrap the yarn twice around the needle", followed by three rows of garter stitch. Continue from * until you're about to run out of yarn, end with four rows of garter and bind off.
One ball makes a neck warmer, just long enough to overlap the ends and tuck them under your jacket collar. Two balls will make a full-length scarf, but I'm using the second to make a hat instead. That's what I'll be working on while Himself paints Junior's room.
Yellow. With white trim. And Beatles posters! What do YOU do to fight the icebound blues?