Sunday, November 7, 2010

Otters and New Boots and Tweedy Capes, Oh My!

Saturday afternoon, on my ride home from Job1 I saw two otters playing in the creek near my house! I stopped and watched for probably 20 minutes or so in the COLD and flurry-ish weather. I have never before seen otters in the wild, and with an apartment community that backs right up to the creek I would have never thought that they would want to hang out there. It figures that I didn't have my camera with me (not having a secure place at work to keep things like that I pretty much just go with keys and phone). After watching them for awhile, and getting really cold, I rushed home to get the cameras. Of course, by the time I got back someone was there walking their dog along the creek and the otters were gone.

So I hung out for a little while longer in hopes that they would come back. But they didn't. I'll keep an eye out and see if I spot them again.

I also have a new pair of winter boots! I had originally planned for these to be barn boots, which they will ultimately have to become, but since it's not quite cold enough for them at the barn I figured that I can enjoy them as every day boots. They're Keen Winthrop boots, which have all leather uppers and are wool lined. They're water proof, and I tested that out in this puddle to make sure. I'm hoping that these will keep my toes from turning purple this winter!

I also got a new/vintage wool cape. I love wearing capes. This one is a dark brown and ivory twill that looks tweedy from afar. I'll try to get some full cape pictures at some point. The mittens are a set that I knitted about 5 years ago. They're the Frostrosen mitten kit from Nordic Fiber Arts, altered just a bit so as to be flip-top mittens.


  1. I love those boots So. MUCH!!! ::sigh::

    And the rest of the outfit looks great too, from what I can see. :)

    And otters... I love, love, love me some otters. So lucky you got to see them.

  2. Oh, I see that you knit too. Very nice mittens! I have been obsessively making hats, cowl necks and skirts for the past few months, because I am sick in bed a lot but don't have the mental energy to learn a new pattern for something more substantial!

  3. Janice in GA - These boots are excellent! Keep an eye out on Ebay, sometimes they come up at good price.

    Velouria - Thanks for the compliment on the mittens! I LOVE these, and since they are stranded, they're double thick and warm. The pattern is fairly easy too, if you like stranded/Fair Isle knitting. I may pick up another kit one of these days. I know what you mean about mental energy. Right now I'm doing good to do a few rows pre night on a garter stitch scarf.

  4. Love the boots! How wonderful that you live near somewhere you can see otters in the wild.

  5. Otters are so cute - hopefully they will come back for you to get photos!

    Love those boots and mittens also! I definitely need to begin wearing things like mittens/gloves and ear muffs since even though I'm in the South, it's gotten cold here! Well, as is typical, it's really cold for about 3 days, then the temperature begins climbing into the 70s again which is crazy.

  6. Traci - I know what you mean! I'm in the south too (TN) and it's freezing one day and shorts and tee shirts the next. And usually it's warm when I leave to go out to the barn, and in the 30's by time I leave to come home, so I feel like I have to carry have my wardrobe with me. :)

  7. That second to last photo is gorgeous! Love the boots, too.