While bushfires were raging, while I worried about Daniel, while I worried about our house and our community, I knitted. While I sat glued to the news, while I waited for the phone to ring, I knitted.
I had really never experienced the truly therapeutic aspect of knitting as I did then. Because it really did help to pour all that nervous energy into something I made with my hands. Three days from start to finish, which says something for nervous energy, as I never have managed any knitted project quite so quickly before. Perhaps it suffered a little for it, as the seaming is a little rough and the neckline far from perfect. But it is what it is, and I have a feeling it will get plenty of use as soon as the weather cools down.
This is the second time I have made the Like Sleeves pattern. I made the first way back here, and it has been a wardrobe favourite ever since. So I made the size 3-4 this time, as the original one was getting a little short, though we may be able to squeeze another season out of it.
The wool is a Moda Vera one from Spotlight quite some time ago. Though I think I will be strictly handwashing this one, as the my last one made with this wool pilled quite a bit, though I did use the gentle wool cycle. Yes, I know I should handwash more.
I really do like this pattern, both the simplicity of it and the little design details such as the line of small gathers in the front and back. I like how it can be worn alone in fresher warmish days, or layered over long sleeves to keep the body warm. Yes, I do like the like sleeves.
Did I mention how hard it is to photograph a run-away two year old in a dimly lit room?
Pants are from the Big Butt Baby Pants pattern from Made by Rae