Much to my surprise (but not theirs), there were four Mama-made sweaters under the tree on Solstice Night. Today...I bring you the boys.
First up, the last one completed...late into the hours of Solstice Eve. Because the trouble with an old-fashioned pattern? All those seams! Oh my. Lots of finishing to be done on this one. But all went well, and Ezra love, love, loves it...wearing it so often that I have to remind him to take it off once in a while to let it breathe...or goodness, even wash it. What more could a knitting mama ask than that?
He prefers to wear it inside out, which makes absolutely perfect sense if you know Ezra. Regardless, all that last-minute, semi-rushed finishing exposed...well, I try to pretend I can't see it. The pattern, as I mentioned, is a vintage one I had, and the yarn is Quince & Co's Lark in Split Pea. So lovely to work with, and I do so love that color. (Ravelry link with notes.)
As for Calvin, he loves his skinny sweater (that I didn't intend to be skinny but how wonderful that it is since that's what he prefers!) and wears it with his favorite black skinny jeans and of course those Converse. He gladly posed for these photos for me on one condition - that Lady Gaga be in the photo too. And so there you have it - my son and Lady Gaga. Hmn. Not sure I'd ever write those words together, but there it is. These growing years are finding me as a Mama often surprised...usually quite pleasantly, I must confess (not by Lady Gaga per se, but by my boy).
The sweater is Elizabeth Zimmermann's seamless raglan, and was my first go at a larger sweater of hers like that (using Knitting Without Tears as my guide). I love, love, love that I was able to make it just how I wanted to, and how with proper measuring (ahem), it turned out just as it should. The yarn is Beaverslide Dry Worsted - I'm using it on Steve's sweater too and really loving it. (Ravelry link with notes.)
My (still little) boys just left the house for a day on the slopes. And what did each of them just happen to put on, sandwiched between layers of long johns and jackets? Mama's sweaters. I'm tickled.