I'm starting with a list of everything I found in all the closets. There may be more that I've not found yet lurking under beds and in other forgotten corners but this is plenty for now.
- 26 toques (see this post for definition of toque if you're not Canadian)
- 38 pairs of gloves
- 9 neck warmers
- 11 baseball caps and summer hats
- 4 pairs of earmuffs
- 4 scarves that don't belong to me
- I don't seem to be able to pass a bin full of bargain Thinsulate gloves without buying at least 2 new pairs. This goes for tiny stretchy ones in all different colours too.
- I like to knit and have a knitting-itchy-hats-for-children-who-don't-really-want-one habit, might be in training to be someone's grandma.
I found these tiny gloves that belonged to Jacob when he was 4, not sure if he's going to wear them again.
To illustrate the extent of my glove-retention issue here's a picture of the rest (except for the pair in Rose's school bag).
We've gone through it all and got 3 bags all packed up and ready to be donated to people who need warming up this winter but somehow there are still 62 items. I could blame it on Rose who insists that she NEEDS 8 winter hats but really its me and my glove thing. I've got 8 pairs in the closet and 6 'just in case' upstairs. I think I need help!
I've reread this post and it has struck me how ridiculous it is that I own 14 pairs of gloves just for me, I shall endeavour to cut that further to 7/8 before I get to the thrift store. I might regret it when the apocalypse comes and there is a world glove shortage but for now I'll probably be OK.