The Cabelas mailer came today. Since they are one of my favorite outside-themed stores, I started flipping through the pages. I came to a screeching halt on page 3, where I saw battery-heated socks. Woo-hoooo, just what I need for winter camping, I thought at first.
Then I looked at the price. $20? $50 $75? No, the price: $199.99. Now, that is the ultimate in consumer excess. I find it appalling that someone would actually pay 200 dollars for a pair of socks, no matter how warm. I realize that Cabelas is targeting the Christmas shopper, and that disgusts me even more. Christmas has come down to $200 socks, but I will not get started on that matter.
Now, I like the idea of heated socks, but only at a reasonable price. I decide to check around and see if someone else makes affordable electric socks. Yes, I find a few, but even more affordable, I find a hat, baklava, mittens, and socks with pockets for old-fashioned hand warmers. I think I will buy the hat and socks before my winter camping trips. Or, if I have enough time, I will retrofit existing hats and socks with a little pocket.
I just finished crocheting my first “draft dodger” for the inside of my camper door. I will put it on the floor in front of the door to keep cold winter drafts out. I used 100% wool yarn which I had left over from another project. I lightly felted the finished tube in the washer, and then filled it with rolled quilt batting. Regular pillow stuffing would be easier, but again, I had the batting left over. Just to make sure everyone knows this is a “girl camper”, I added some flower beads. Steps:
This project was quick and extra-easy. I can imagine many other ways to make a draft dodger, such as rolling up flannel fabric and securing with ribbon. I used what I had, but may also try some other ideas to use along the outside edges of the pull out beds. Flannel sheets? Check out this link for another idea! I need to make some for my front and back doors at home, now.