J.’s Pumpkin Cardi was FAST- for me at least. One week! I have never in my life knitted any item of clothing in a week. J’s Cardi was based on Katrina Ballerina and is knit in one piece which I lengthened into another LCOEP and I changed the bottom pattern a little because I didn’t like the chunky looking bottom edging. I used Berroco Vintage which for me was a bit of a gamble: acrylic yarn &possible squeakiness. **Shudder** Fortunately it was fine and as I said really really fast.
However I had a full two months before I could give it to J for her birthday, and I had grand plans for the dress I wanted to make her to go with it so I procrastinated on finding buttons for it and I just hung it in the closet to wait for the right time. It did finally get it’s moment in the light: she loves it and it looks sooo cute with her classy little Autumn Jersey Dress.
I have been re-reading Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv. Previously when I read this book it was as a mother of young children living in a village community with easily accessible and kindly woodlands and moors that my children were able to have some measure of freedom to explore. Meanwhile they had friends who were never allowed to play outside a yard and then were never allowed to get dirty even in the yard: so they played video games and watched TV of course. Now my kids are older our surroundings have changed as have their needs… I was hoping the second reading would be as inspirational to my as the first time but sadly it has just felt rambly and a desperately narrow-minded. Part of the problem is mine: I have been learning more about food insecurity in America for a future home-school subject and when you know more about hunger in food deserts it makes “nature deficiency” sound like a first world problem.
I’m joining up with Ginny for a Yarn Along.