Babaton cardigan from Aritzia, hand-knit scarf using yarn from PurlSoHo, photos by Ella of ella et cetera
I've always considered myself an old soul, but some of my hobbies actually sound like the itinerary of an old age home. Take knitting for example. I'd be content sitting in bed all day with a plush ball of yarn, a set of bamboo needles, and an endless list of people to make scarves for, and maybe some smooth jazz in the background. I'd be drinking a mug of tea, too, because my old lady alter-ego is quite the tea connoisseur. I vowed to live out this description over my winter break, and the result was a chunky black circle scarf that I wore for a lunch outing yesterday afternoon. I find knitting my own things to be extremely freeing. I love transforming a pile of string into finished garment. I value it more than something I'd bought at a store. It's also comforting to know exactly how my scarf came into existence, without passing through a factory or sweatshop and never touching a crowded sales floor. One day I'd like to collect the wool myself from a sheep, so there's a personal and authentic touch to every step of the process.
My affinity for scarves in general is pretty well documented. I've always thought they were just the chicest accessory, and I've been known to douse mine in perfume and burrow inside them on chilly days. Something I've taken note of lately is the way different women arrange their hair within a scarf. I like tucking my long curls underneath and letting a few tendrils escape in front. It looks stylish but effortless, even if it takes a good 5 minutes to arrange.