After a proper schooling on picking up stitches (all these years, I've been making a mess of things), I happily finished my latest knitting project, for Adelaide. Coming home from the Common Ground Fair, I handed it to the recipient right away. And right away, after all the love and adoration she gave both the shrug and me, barely through the door, she said, "Mama. It needs a new dress! Don't you think? Let's do it! Can we now?"
There are a lot of 'no's' we must impose as parents, aren't there? No you may not go to bed without brushing your teeth. No you may not tie your bike to the trailer hitch on the back of the car. No you may not eat your brother's ice cream. And so on. Which is why we all love those easy yeses, don't we? I paused for a minute deciding where the answer to this little, but big question fell. Too easy, this one.
And so it was that I found myself, after nearly two weeks away, in my studio late one night sewing with all the kiddos in and out and on my lap and on my back. Bags still packed by the door, I can't imagine a better re-entry had I tried to craft one myself. A vintage pattern, a simple dress, a bit of corduroy...a new dress sewn. Home.
(Ravelry link.) The shrug is the pattern Ice Cream Sundae, the yarn coming from the kit made by The Uncommon Thread (while the pattern and yarn is available separately for purchase, the kits are no longer). It's a gorgeous yarn, and was such a delight to knit with. And now that my picking up of stitches has improved (ahem...), and I'm more than a little bit in love with this shrug of hers (though not as much as I'm in love with the missing front teeth and knobby knees), I'm contemplating whether not I should cast on another for little sister Annabel. Yes? That's too easy...