Although we usually get snow early in December, I don’t put together my winter bracelet until January. One reason is that my Christmas designs take precedence in December. The other reason is that, even though I put together a bracelet each year to celebrate winter, there are things that I don’t like about winter. Like the cold. And the biting wind that makes the cold feel that much … colder. So I need a bit of time to get used to the idea of winter, even if I ultimately end up celebrating it.
This year the cold arrived early, in mid November. Although the temperatures rose again in December, it was only a matter of time before they returned. And return they did. The first week of January brought a temperature drop of about thirty degrees almost overnight. It really didn’t inspire me to put together anything that celebrated frosty temperatures! Now that we’re back to our usual (cold, but not mind-numbing cold!) temperatures, I finally put together my winter bracelet.
My white beads get quite a bit of use throughout the year, but my soft blues rarely make it out of my bead box other than for my winter bracelet. Of course, since this bracelet stays together until late March and often into April, they still get quite a bit of wear ;) Previously I’ve intermixed the different colours to give the bracelet a more homogenous look. This year, I had the idea to group the like colours together instead. I started with the blues in the centre and whites on either side, but when I put it all together, it didn’t seem right. I tried a few different arrangements of the colour groupings before giving up and going back to a mixed configuration. But, that didn’t seem right either! I almost gave up on the bracelet, figuring that my heart just wasn’t in it this year, before finding a happy middle ground between the two extremes.
The silvers were much easier to arrange. The Snow bead is made for this bracelet and this year I had the Snowball bead to complement it. The jolly little You Melt Me snowman is probably as close as I’ll get to having a dangle on a bracelet. I wasn’t sure if his icicles would bother me, but they’re really quite cute and I can’t feel them when I wear him. And Bah Humbug is my tongue-in-cheek nod towards the mood that the cold temperatures can put me in.
Looking back, this bracelet hasn’t changed that much over the years. As my white beads have multiplied, I’ve phased out the darker beads that were originally in it. And I’ve managed to find a few more pale blues since the first incarnation of this bracelet. The silvers have changed the most – three of the four silvers are new this year! If I came across another pale blue I wouldn’t turn it down, but overall I think it’s at a place where I won’t tinker too much with it each year. It’s just the right thing for a cloudy winter day. Or a sunny one!