Once again I find myself scrambling to wring the last of the cardigan weather out of winter. It’s drawing to a close – the days are a little longer, the sun a little warmer, and soon we’ll be in t-shirts, with bare arms and legs. There’ll be no more need for knitwear, at least of the wintry kind.
And so as a concession to this, I made Alice, over the course of a few weeks, a short sleeved cardigan. It’s another repeat knit: the In Threes Cardigan, which I made last winter. She got too tall for it.
Here’s the new one, made from Bendigo Luxury, 10ply, in the colour Autumn Glow.
A sweet, sleeveless piece that goes very well over long sleeved t-shirts and later, will probably work well over a short sleeved t-shirt.
Here’s how the original looked – on a much younger Miss Alice. I did so love the stripes I did on that one.
This one is lovely and soft and I was interested to discover that the Luxury didn’t grow on washing, as it has done for me in the past. Perhaps it was a tighter gauge, or perhaps being a small garment there was less weight. Who knows. I was worried because I’d made it longer, so that she grow into the size 4 garment – and it is quite roomy. I’m confident she’ll be wearing this next winter.
She modelled it on Saturday on our grand adventure when we went caving at Wee Jasper caves – an amazing network of limestone caves in a valley about 90 mins from Canberra. What a great, fun filled and wonderful day we had. Alice was a trooper when the tour went much longer than the advertised 1.15hrs. For three hours we enjoyed a fun, informative and highly entertaining tour through caves that were bright, roomy and quite breathtaking.
Here we are just before we went in – filled with trepidation about what was ahead of us. Alice was more excited than nervous – once she felt certain that it was only ‘a little bit ske-wee’ and that there’d be no monsters.
And here is Alice actually in the cave with Sean and I.
It was a tremendous outing that delivered everything we hoped and more as at one point, Alice and I found ourselves giving a rendition of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star in what we were told was a cave with stunning acoustics.
We sat on the little stage, together, singing a song we’ve sung hundreds of times before, in front of a gathering of four people. Sean, the guide and an elderly couple who took a shine to Alice. By candlelight we performed, our voices filling the room. That’s a special moment we could never have predicted and one we’ll talk about for years to come.
Not a bad way to take a new cardigan on its first outing, huh?