Nothing goes with fall foliage better than some handknits, don't you think? I cast on for this sweater less than a month ago, and finished it just this weekend. Clearly, the fall knitting mojo has hit. It was done just in time for my babe to wear it on what felt like the first real fall weekend.
The pattern is the Children's Neckdown Cardigan from Knitting Pure & Simple. I wanted the most classic of cardigans, and this pattern fit the bill. It's a pattern I could make over and over - smooth, easy, and rather a quick knit. I used Cascade Pastaza, so it's warm and soft (50% llama, 50% wool) and affordable. A bonus. The buttons I purchased just for this sweater on Etsy. And let me tell you - if you haven't discovered it yourself - that searching for such vintage bits and bobs on Etsy is a dangerous endeavor. (But oh-so-fun.)
My original - and rather ambitious - plan was to start with Adelaide and then make one for each of the boys to give as Solstice gifts. But since I'm absolutely terrible at keeping surprise gifts for longer than a day, she got it this weekend. No worries - now she'll be able to wear it all fall while I start the others. (More info on the hat here - knit just over a year ago, but fitting perfectly right about now).
I think she likes it. Or at least she totally knows how to work me when she looks up at me with her sparkly baby blue eyes and asks, "Make it, Mama?", knowing very well what the answer is. It's comparable to the boys' proud declaration of "Mama made this!" to anyone who might happen to ask (or not). They're a bunch of heart-melters, you know. And they sooo have my number.