Winter balm for chapped lips

The winter weather is playing havoc with my midlife skin, and in particular with my lips.  They are so sore and look something like this:

I have a bathroom cabinet full of possible cures, but none seem to be working efficiently, regardless of how many times a day I apply them.

There’s nothing for it then; I require a balaclava.  This particular mode of headwear is named after the town of Balaclava in Crimea (now Ukraine) and was originally worn by Russian soldiers.  It’s a sort of sock for your head that doubles up as a hat and a scarf.  They are wonderfully warm and popular with skiers, climbers and all outdoorsy types in cold climates.

I have no desire, however, to look like a dodgy criminal when I pop into Tesco, or to set off any alarm bells at my local Barclays branch, so I may have to get my knitting needles out, as the only ones I can find are black or very dark in colour.

This is what I’m aiming for as a cure for my chapped lips; I’ll keep you posted when I find a decent pattern:


One comment

  1. Research request: hi, I am looking for a balaclava pattern to knit up in silk for my textiles final major project. Ideally plain knit with eye holes in a size to fit a woman’s head (most of the patterns I have seen have been in thick yarn and in men’s sizes). If you come across one, please let me know.

    Many thanks.


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