In Threes Cardigan: Underground

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.

Alice in In Threes Cardigan

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.

In Threes Cardigan

Here’s how the original looked – on a much younger Miss Alice. I did so love the stripes I did on that one.

In Threes Cardigan

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.

Me and Alice

And here is Alice actually in the cave with Sean and I.

In the cave

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?



12 thoughts on “In Threes Cardigan: Underground

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  2. Oooh, caves. I know an 8yo who’d LOVE that. We went to caves somewhere in/near Virginia, I’m pretty sure, when I was a kid, but I don’t remember it much really except that the guide pointed out rock formations that looked like other things (like a loaf of bread, or something) and I still can’t keep stalagmites and -tites straight.

    Lovely knitwear on cutie pie Alice!

  3. I do so love that colour! I always make things for Connor a bit longer than the pattern says, in the hope it will fit longer, it’s amazing how fast they grow!
    I am sad to say winter has passed me by with no finished cardigan for me. Oh well, hopefully I will have one n time for next year!
    Will have to remember the caving expedition for next year or the year after for Connor! Looks amazing.

  4. Oh, Twinkle Twinkle is a song near to my heart. Twenty-six years ago our canary, Elliot, died and we had to have a funeral. I asked 4-yr-old Ann, in whose room Elliot had lived, if she wanted to say a prayer or sing a song and she said, “No, Mom, I’ll just whistle “Twinkle Twinkle.” And she did, standing in the garden in her pajamas, robe, and slippers with her little hands folded in front of her. I was glad it was dark because she was so sweet that I cried. Thanks for the memory.

    Lovely sweater, delicious color. You’re all braver than I’d be, no caves for me.

  5. What a sweet trip – almost as sweet as the first picture of Alice, at the top. Soooo adorable. Oh, yeah – the sweater, too! 😉

  6. such a beautiful post 🙂 Alice obviously loves her new cardi, and what’s not to love?

    (I also think the fact that she was only a wee bit trepiditious about going into a cave is testament to how much she loves and trusts you & Sean!)

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