In the past couple of years, I've developed another reaction to chilly weather. When I am cold, my shoulder muscles tense up severely. This can happen even when my extremeties don't mind the temperature yet. It hurts to be cold.
Considering the problem, I wondered, is that why old ladies wear shawls? And is that what I have to do when I go out? I started looking for patterns, and found an alternative:
The Möbius. Remember the Mobius strip, a surface with only one side, one edge, and all sorts of odd mathematical properties? Well, I followed this pattern to crochet one. It might be more mathematically convincing if I had made it from only one length of yarn. But from a destashing point of view, it was quite satisfying to use up three leftover hanks. Even if they don't quite match. It really does help to have an extra layer over my shoulders during windy evening soccer games. I don't have to tie it, or figure out how to hold it closed.
I think I'll wait a little longer to wear shawls, until sometime after I succumb to wearing bifocals.