Monday, August 18, 2014

Lady Kina

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August is kind of bittersweet here in my neighborhood.  For one thing, the weather just becomes completely perfect.  The sky looks like a Maxfield Parrish.  Warm sun, and cool, cozy nights, and a dribble of rain for the garden, and then the sun breaks golden through the puffy purple clouds again, ahh.  It’s so beautiful, I want to wear a gauzy white dress and play on a swing made of flower vines.  But then, it is the end of summer, and I do cry about that a little.  Cold weather is coming again soon, and I am hardly recovered from the last time.  Also, my boy has gone away back to college, and his room is (sob) spotless, but completely empty of him, which I can hardly stand.   I should just close the door and imagine he is in there, sleeping like a bear, surrounded by chip bags and Chinese food containers and empty Peace Tea cans.  Letting them grow up and go away is so, so, so hard.

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And so I knit.  Here is my Lady Kina, all finished.  This, I think, is the perfect little sweater pattern, totally free, and easy as pie to knit and to wear, which is about all I can handle right now.  I think a red one next, to wear over a long gray dress.  Right?  I can see this sweater all kinds of ways.  You could keep going with the sleeves, or make it long, like a duster—a wardrobe staple, for sure.  There will be another, maybe many more, in my future.

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I used four skeins of Berroco Vintage, in some kind of heathery harvest gold color, and knit the whole thing on a US 7, mostly while watching old movies on Netflix and getting huge crushes (again) on Cary Grant and Humphrey Bogart.  

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How fast it all goes by.  How is it that I am middle-aged already?  How can my little children, who were just born the other day, be grown up?  How is it August, and summer is ending, when I feel like I’ve just crawled up out of my den and into the sunlight? 

37 comments:

  1. What is it with the little children? At the time it seems so all consuming and then suddenly, they are gone. My son, at 20, calls me from time to time which I love but I do miss his crazy antics from years gone by.

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  2. Oh stop!! I'm just the same. My 'children' are now adults. I'm in the process of turning my younger son's bedroom into my craft room. I'm dying to have a craft room but it just doesn't feel right that he'll no longer have a room in our house that is his. Everything moves on I suppose. I must be middle-aged but I still think I'm 26 - or thereabouts. In fact - if 3 score years and 10 is a good age to live to then I'm past middle age!

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  3. Ah me, I totally understand. It is sad when they leave home even though we know it's the way it should be. And middle age, how did that creep up on us all? You're most definitely not alone.

    Jean x

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  4. Your cardigan looks amazing - I'm going to cast on mine right now. My first baby is 16 today (may seem young to you but I have this same feeling) I will go knit while she plays cards against humanity. I like autumn but still feel sadness as the summer ends, like the last day of your holiday. Love your colour yarn x

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  5. I love this sweater! What weight yarn did you use?

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    1. Oops, I'm sorry I missed seeing this earlier--this yarn is worsted weight. :)

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  6. I'm with you. Children grown and gone and the house stays clean, (most of the time.) they all live far away and we see the very rarely. I detest it. I also hate that summer is almost over. This one seems to have sped by especially quickly. I adore your cardigan though and I am thinking it would be a lovely project to help with the fall/winter blues.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  7. Awesome sweater! Am definitely going to make. Am seeing it slightly longer with patch pockets in a claret red or charcoal grey .... oh the possibilities ....!!! xxx

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  8. I love this sweater! I was actually seeing a child's sweater like this and wishing to find it in adult sizes. I am definitely making this. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. I've been asking myself the same...questions. My youngest announced his engagement this weekend, he's only 20. Just a few months ago, he was learning to walk. Just before that, my oldest was in diapers and thought I hung the sun just for him. I read recently, don't remember who said it, but it is so true....the days go by slow, but the years go by fast. True. I thought I'd be sixteen (1983) forever, I thought punk rock would never go out of fashion. **sigh** Time marches on.

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  10. You need to warn readers to grab a box of tissues at the beginning of posts like this. Oy.....

    Your talent amazes me - while I CAN knit (very basic stitches - and the stitches are those wiggly ones, not the V ones), I prefer crochet...knitting anything beyond a basic square blows me away.

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  11. I'm missing my boys too,,,,I will try knitting. I love this pattern, yours looks wonderful!! Thank you for sharing.

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  12. Wait until they get married and they say to you 'But Mum, you must understand that I am married now and I have a wife to look after and who looks after me' - in other words, you're made redundant as a Mother without them meaning to make you feel that way so you just go off and have yourself some other life! Then, in a while and if you're very,very lucky, you get to enjoy the grandchildren and do it all over again! Honestly, it's not so bad and for a middle-aged old biddy, you look pretty fantastic to me! Great cardi, btw. Chin up - onwards and upwards. x

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  13. I've heaved a big sigh. I can't bear to think about them growing up and away, I can imagine how hard it is. A lovely jumper though. I'm wondering if I could manage it, with my limited knitting skills. I shall mull it over. Take care. CJ xx

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  14. Hello Kristen, I know how you must feel, it is hard to let go! I can say that I am lucky to still have my youngest daughter living with me here in Belgium now, I had to leave the other 3 grown up kids behind in England, they got their own life now. But at least we can visit them pretty regularly and they come over as well.

    There is a sense of change in the air, I felt it today as well, almost autumn. The last week or more it has been raining so much, sometimes torrential rain. I still want a bit of summer, it's not too much to ask, is it?

    Your cardigan is lovely, so pretty. That colour suits you really well. Thanks for the pattern link, much appreciated, I have saved it for now. Maybe for a future project, I'm still in crocheting mode! Just finished a cowl in record time, ever so pleased with it! (And I'm warming to this whole blogging thing!)
    Ingrid xx
    http://myfunkycrochet.blogspot.be

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  15. I know! When my kids were little I dreamt longingly of the time I could sleep in, sleep uninterrupted without a child's foot in my back or head or wherever, when I could go to the toilet in peace and even shut the door, where there were no tedious school assemblies to attend, no homework, no soccer in the freezing cold, no kids fighting or crying! What an idiot I was! My youngest left home last year to join the Army, both kids are out of home sooner than I expected and I feel lost - even a year later I feel lost. Why? I'm silly, my kids are alive and well and happy! This is what I raised them to do - go out in the big wide world and make their lives and be happy. But when did all this creep up on me, why wasn't I ready for it? So here I sit, middle aged and invisible, just dying for my babies to need me and want me again. It is nice to read all your comments and know I am not alone, not being silly and that this too will pass! Thank you all!

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  16. Wow I just love, love, love this sweater. So simple yet very elegant and it looks totally comfortable ... My kind of sweater. Next month we will have the flock n fiber festival and I might just buy the yarn then and I think I have to make one of it for myself. I simply love it. I wish to drop everything I'm making and start one first thing tomorrow morning... But I know, I know I have too much going on and Ned to finish a couple of things, but I did save it on my ravelry library and this one will be coming soon :) thx Kirsten :)

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  17. I have three grown up daughters with families of their own, these days there isn't enough hours in the day. I am crafting constantly for one or the other of them and love to visit and have visits. Over time I value the break from them and have built up a wonderful relationship with my husband, we now do projects together.

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  18. My children are growing up fast and my oldest is nearly a teenager. Oh it makes me cry. I sometimes feel like I literally cannot bear them growing up. But then I focus on today, and making dinner or knitting (good choice!) and carry on. Your post made me cry. But in a 'mothers-together' kind of way.

    Beautiful cardigan btw. I will definitely knit that one.

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  19. A great cardigan and a real staple. I have little ones so what do I know?! not a lot it will turn out I guess. Jo x

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  20. i hear you. my babies keep getting taller and i keep wondering where did the time go?!

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  21. I think this time of year makes lots of us melancholy--I feel that way, too. But keep making beautiful things--it's a balm.

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  22. Kristen, Do you do everything at 'warp speed'????? Lol. That cardi is, I believe, the most beautiful thing you've knitted! I absolutely LOVE it.
    How many hours a day do you knit, crochet, or sew? Always look forward to your posts ,, and it's still freaking HOT here in S. Az. Janice

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  23. great !
    Greetings from Poland :)
    Katarzyna


    www.sajuki.blogspot.com

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  24. So lovely!! :) I want to make my own too. Just finished jacket 'Harvest' by TinCanKnits, witch is quite similar with this Lady Kina.
    And what comes to the age... :) Woman, you are in the Best Age right now!!

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  25. Very nice, Kristen! My daughter is 7 and I just turned 41 one month prior to her birth. My husband and I were married for 16 ys before we had her! We were told I couldn't have kids. She was a healthy 10 lbs 2oz and 23" long!!!! Of course it would have been nice to not have so many years between us but I am ever so grateful for her and I am over protective and all that! I so try to slow time with her down and tell her to not to grow up so fast! Last year I taught her to knit. She doesn't stay at it for long but was so happy and kept thanking me for showing her. Thanks for sharing your projects Kristen, I enjoy your blog very much! Denise

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  26. Oh yes I can see this in red too, but I love the color you made it in, perfect for August somehow. I really like how it kind of gathers around the yoke area, very pretty.
    Gosh I feel your ache for your boy going back to school. It is hard looking at the empty room. Mine doesn't go back till the end of September, so I have some time to prepare myself mentally (never works though).
    I'm jealous you're wearing a long sleeved t shirt. I'm sitting here half naked with the AC running, watching the weather channel I love this time of year though, with summer slipping into fall. Changes are coming, some not always what we wish for, but it stirs things up and keeps life interesting.
    Have a great week!
    Lynne

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  27. Kristen, I love the cardigan~~~it is beautiful! Love the color as well. I think a red with the long gray dress would be perfect. Can't wait to make it in a fabulous taupe. I know how you feel with your children & your age & the season changing. I'm feeling the same although I can't wait for autumn & Sept. 1st! Seems to bring me back to life. Love your blog~~~thank you :).

    Linda

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  28. Kristen, you are so right about this time of the year sending a misture of signals to us.

    You are also absolutely right about that sweater design being a perfect one, with all sorts of potential variations. You've knitted it so beautifully, in a great yarn choice. You look lovely modeling it in that dappled late summer sunlight.

    xo

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  29. I have no idea how I got to what is probably middle aged either, of course I am denying that I even might be. In my head I am still in my very early 20's! xx

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  30. Well now you have done it, I want to throw all my projects aside and knit this up. I have had it in my ravelry library for some time, but now I see it anew.... And as for the boy child leaving, mine left last night and I cried at the airport seeing him off. It never gets easier does it?

    Hugs to you and brilliant job on the sweater.
    Meredith

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  31. I love your sweater. You have knit it perfectly and it looks great on you. Alas I cannot knit. I wish I could find a similar pattern for crochet. I'm thinking it might be fun to make a sweater which is definitely outside of my 'comfort' zone.

    I'm also with you on the clean but empty house thing. Our son leaves for University in one week and I am sure I will miss him terribly. He is both messy and noisy but also lots of fun.

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  32. Very lovely blog post. Left me thoughtful and soulful and the like. Thank you. And thanks for all these comments - they're beautiful. Me too, I am a mother hen ...

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  33. Your blog, your knitting and you are all lovely.

    Saying goodbye to summer is like receiving a kiss goodbye from a mother on the first day of school. Leaving one comfort behind for a new one to be had.

    Winter

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  34. I have just left my second child at college, the first is a Junior at another school. How can this be? I cannot stand it! I feel exactly the same about their empty rooms with beds made, I would rather they were messy and occupied. I have a lump in my throat just typing this. I'm going to go give the dog a bath, that may make me feel better. BTW, do you know the name of the crochet pattern for the top afghan in your header, that is very pretty even though I normally don't do crochet I may have to break out a hook for that one! Enjoy the last week of summer.
    Beth F

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    1. Hi Beth, thanks very much! The blanket pattern is "Greenway" by Donna Yacino--free at Ravelry, here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/greenway

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  35. What a poignant post Kristen, I can so identify with your last words although my child/adult doesnt go back to uni for a few weeks yet, but I know just how you feel. Although I am so lucky in that she comes back most weekends - or did last year - who knows this year?
    Your cardi is lovely ad looks wonderful on you - it looks so useful and I can imagine a long version too.
    Feeling for you
    Gill xx

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