Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Day Four: 31st March. Where are they now? 2KCBWDAY4

The other day, a  friend said it seemed like abi had been wearing this cardi forever
 
I'm not sure if she was commenting on the remarkable qualities of knitwear...how it seems to grow with a child, how something handmade can be better quality and longer lasting etc...
...or possibly, that Abi doesn't have an awful lot of clothes, and therefore we all get to see an awful lot of it, and I should launder things a bit more often (another remarkable quality of wool of course being the fact it magically cleans itself, or thats what I like to believe anyway)...

...or maybe she's sick of the fucking sight of the thing and wishes I'd dress her in something else for a change...

well why would I when its such a useful cardigan?  And although I wasn't sure the pink and orange shades were right next to each other when I first knitted it, I really love these colours on her now.  I'm so used to seeing her in it.  Its like her amber necklace, always there, always protecting and comforting (apart from on rainbow jumper, grey vest, or grey or black cardi days, but even then it often gets plonked over the top when we go out) 
and it accessorises well
I have never once had to shave it (I hate debobbling things, ugh) which is a minor miracle as it has actually been washed a few times and worn a LOT
It isn't what you would call soft wool.  It certainly isn't itchy or scratchy, but its possibly not what most would knit a baby garment from...and yet it seems to good for snuggling...
But it has served her so well, thankyou clare for the beautiful yarn and being a wonderful friend and an excellent dye witch who continues to feed my barely suppressed yarn fetish, I cannot wait to see what you come up with next!  Oh crap I wrote another soppy post.

(I wish I had earlier photos to post, I first blogged it in Oct but can't get those pictures now as they were on my since wiped phone...sob...but anyway, I am actually starting to believe this cardigan has been around forever...and I never did make that final buttonhole...)

19 comments:

  1. I do love those colors together, they're girly without being overly girly (if that makes sense). That cardigan looks like it'd last for years -- or at least until she outgrows it. Adorable!

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  2. love this post!! The cardigan is great too :)

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  3. The colours are perfect together! I love seeing unconventional pairings. And it is lovely to see such a well loved garment.

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  4. It looks like a great cardi and it is always good to see lots of wear out of soemthing you have made

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  5. Great post, and I have a cardi I that I wear ALL the time!! Hehe shame I didn't knit it though!

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  6. Fab post! Chuckling about it actually as I'm wearing a cardi I've had for 15 years (although I didn't knit it, I "borrowed" it from a friend who said then - 15 years ago - that it was ready for the bin when I finished with it!)

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  7. Love the colours, totally agree with Del that they're pretty without being overly girly. Looks like a fantastic cardi :)

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  8. What a cute cardigan! The colors are beautiful! I can see why you both love it so much!

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  9. Gorgeous photos and I love the story of the cardigan.

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  11. We have a never ending cardi here also. Its been used for 2 winters now. not sure we'll get a 3rd though. Maybe I'll knit the next one in pink and orange. I love those colors together

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  12. I love the story of the cardi. It is a very fitting post for today :)

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  13. there is something very special about a hand made garment. Its kind of nostalgic and also a sense of gratification when something you knit gets that much use. It's a good post.

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  14. What a beautiful post to read. I love that her sweater is there to comfort and protect her.

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  15. It's a great cardi that was knit w/love so why not have her wear it until she doesn't fit it anymore? I love how it's not the typical pink.

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  16. I dunno, she looks pretty happy to be wearing it! I never thought about the fact that knitting would stretch out as a child grew, that's a pretty cool concept.

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  17. i absolutely love that cardi! and everybody knows that well loved knits are the best kind.

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  18. a thankyou for all the lovely comments! Its funny how simple things are often the best. And much as I love the new craze for top down seamless raglans, the cardis and jumpers I have made based loosely on an ancient pieced pattern I use do seem to fit much better, the slopes on the sleeves and front/back are actually slightly different shapes which seems to give a better fit.

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