Yes, we do have snow round here as well (here being Lithuania these days). It is cold and I wish I had a dress like this. Can we peer-pressure Kate into making a pattern for that dress? I've been wanting one like this for three years now.
This being a knit blog, I will show you a knit that has been kindly machine-washed by my mom. It is felted, but it is still both long and wide enough to be used as a cowl. It feels even softer than it used to be. And now it's thick as an armour and won't let any winds through. My sister will be happy.