Hot off the knitting needles is a new sweater for the little girl. This was the third time I’ve knit Kelly Brooker’s TAMA pattern because it is just such a great kid sweater. The first I made when E was 2 years old, and it has been worn so much – for sure more than any other piece of clothing I’ve made. In fact E was still wearing it a couple of months ago, with the sleeves way too short and her tummy showing. It had practically reached the status of a beloved blanky, and I don’t think I’ll be able to part with it – this one will have to go into the keepsake box, where I make a great effort to keep only the most precious baby clothes – the ones that really got used and loved. Here’s E at 2 1/2 years old wearing the original:
Last year, I made a short-sleeved version which is still in the regular rotation:
But it was time for a new long-sleeved pullover. I don’t suppose that this one can be as loved as the first – different yarn, different time, E has different preferences – but it is still a lovely, functional little sweater. The yarn is utilitarian, since I didn’t have enough yardage of anything fancier on hand – Cascade 220 in the shade Lavender Heather. E went through my button jar and picked out a little bear button to make it extra-special.
And now I’m off to finish up a top secret project for the Secret Valentine Exchange. I have to admit that I’m slightly intimidated because my secret Valentine is super talented and makes such beautiful things. But I am so excited to share something that I’ve made and to see what everyone else creates!