Thursday, January 29, 2004

Nether garments

I was reading through Elizabeth Zimmermann's Knitter's Almanac: Projects for Each Month of the Year (Dover, 1974, 1981) last night. Her September project, wool long underwear or "nether garments," brought to mind all the people whose websites I read who've been describing cold, snowy weather for weeks now. Maybe a pair of Zimmermann's handknitted wool long underwear would help! She writes:
For ballet-dancers and skaters they are mandatory, and even the shy housewife likes to slip them on under her slacks to go to the store on exceptionally cold days. I have been known to pull them on under a housedress, add boots, my warm coat, and woolly cap and mittens, and trot comfortably to the A&P, looking (almost) like everybody else. (p. 96)

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