Considering the tropical climate of Thailand, it's surprising that knitting has recently come into vogue in Bangkok. Lately, I've noticed more and more ladies knitting in buses and in public places. And several knitting shops have opened in upscale malls downtown. What are people going to do with all these big wooly sweaters and cable-knit scarves when the weather is flaming hot? I think that this taxi driver's wife from the Northeast of Thailand has the right idea when it comes to knitting. Rather than making her husband a fuzzy sweater that will make him sweat, she knit this quaint ruffled cozy to keep the vinyl-covered gear shift cool.