It’s dipped down below freezing the past couple nights here in Huancayo. By below freezing I mean -1 C / 30 F. None of the homes here in the city have any sort of indoor heat source (save natural heat from the sun, which can feel about 70 degrees if you’re standing in its direct path outside from about 2-4 pm when the sun is at its strongest), so most locals just pile on the layers and huddle up under alpaca frazadas (blankets). We were doing our best to act like locals, layering on the long underwear and wearing our down coats around the house. But we finally broke down yesterday and bought ourselves a tiny space heater. It was the lowest voltage model we could find so that we don’t blow the power to the building (which happens now if two people try to shower at the same time because of the electrical water-heater shower heads). We’re putting the small space heater to work this morning in the office where we can close the door and trap the heat in. It’s like a little miracle. Creature comforts! I also whipped myself up a quick cowl to keep warm on chilly mornings and evenings. The pattern, Bandana Cowl, is free from the Purl Bee. I made it with some bulky alpaca yarn I purchased during our “border hop” to Cuenca, Ecuador. I love it. The pattern was so quick (I started it last night while watching TV and finished up binding off and weaving in ends this morning). I even learned a new technique–short rows. It was my first time using short rows and I found this video tutorial really helpful. I will definitely be wearing this every day until the temperature starts to rise! Lucky for us, the low for the next couple nights is only supposed to be 2 C / 36 F (ha!).