While I was in Queensland last month, I visited the gorgeous shop, Tangled Yarns and one of my purchases was some Berocco Ultra Alpaca, which I chose specifically for a Tiny Tea Leaves Cardigan for Alice. Kelly, the owner of Tangled Yarns keeps a wonderful selection of buttons so I chose those there too.
When next I talked knitting with Alice (oh yes, we talk knitting now, although I don’t know she thinks of it that way) she told me she wanted a blue cardigan. Just as well I’d chosen a nice, smokey blue colour for her. I knitted most of it while staying at my parents house earlier this month and finished it this weekend.
Today, Alice and I got to spend the day in town together, having an adventure, and she modelled for me. You may recognise the Star Queenie hat from a couple of months ago.
Nothing astounding to say about this cardigan except that it’s a very cute child version of the adult pattern, Tea Leaves, which I’ll no doubt make for myself at some point. As always, that lovely top down construction works a treat. I added an extra button to this pattern – I thought the two buttons as written were just a little too far apart.
I think it goes so well with a pair of jeans. The more I knit for Alice, the more drawn I am to the practical, wearable pieces. The ones I know she can run and jump and play in, more so than the show pieces that might get saved for special occasions. Kids grow too fast to do too many of those. That said, the Ultra Alpaca isn’t cheap – I paid $18 a skein for three skeins – only using two in the end, so this is a bit of a luxury, really.
I really fell in love with the Berocco Ultra Alpaca. Wow. New favourite alpaca, for sure. So intensely soft. Every time we hugged today, I ran my hand up and down her strong little back and felt it beneath that soft, gorgeous fibre. I just wanted to hug her all day! Nothing unusual about that really.
Finally, before we left the house this morning, I snapped this brief (12 sec) video of Alice knitting. She has started picking up my shawls that are strewn around the house and threading circular needles through them, calling it knitting. I need hardly tell you what this does to me.