Everything is growing. I get kind of sad about it when each school year begins. I miss the intensity of mothering my children when they were small. Nothing highlights the changes in them like the school year starting. With one going back to college for a second year and the other entering high school, I feel a little out of sorts.
Then my husband texts me these old photos off of his work computer that made me even more sad. They used to be this little.
Now they just aren’t.
So, what can I do with all the wistful nostalgia I’m feeling about not being able to carry them on my hip anymore (at least not without attracting a lot of weird looks)? That’s right, I can bury myself in projects.
Below is my Featherweight Cardigan at the same pep rally pictured above. I’m making it for both the Summer Sweater KAL and the Classic Must Knits KAL. There’s always a lot of insecurity before separating the sleeve stitches and trying a sweater top on. It never looks like it’s going to fit, but it always does.
I got a couple of rows in before the first pep rally of the year began. I never went to one of those “Fired Up” pep rallys until I had children. My children are much less jaded about these things.
Watch the boy reluctantly play on film. He’s second in the first column of trombones.
And this is after I separated for sleeves. I did one extra raglan increase, just in case. Tight underarms make me want to do a Hulk move and angrily rip whatever is binding me. That wouldn’t be a good thing after knitting a million little lace stitches as fine as a cobweb.
Next up is my very finished Ease. I don’t know when I’ll get around to taking FO photos. Guys I’m sick of wearing sweaters in 90 degree heat in my backyard in front of the neighbors. Maybe I’ll wait ’til it’s almost dark and go somewhere else.
Since I’m knitting away my back-to-school melancholy, I seem to need two things going on the needles at all times. The Featherweight is all stockinette from here on out, so I thought I’d let Aidez be my complicated knit. It qualifies as a summer sweater (obviously) for the SSKAL and a Classic Must Knit, since it has a bazillion projects on Ravelry.
I didn’t relish the idea of knitting a sweater in pieces, but I also didn’t have the focus to re-chart the pattern. Thankfully, I noticed Tien’s (autumngeisha) Aidez was knit in one piece following The Sweatshop Of Love’s KAL instructions. Thank you Tien! I pulled out the ribbing I’d already started and cast on a body’s worth (see, below). I expect this bulky yarn will grow quickly too.
I’d just settled down for a long mopey knit on this when I got a call from my daughter. She was feeling sick and wanted to come home to recuperate, which means put a heating pad on her tummy, get some soup, and sleep while hogging the couch. I hate to say it almost made me happy. They’re not growing too fast.