I made the swing cardigan from Claire Montgomerie's excellent book of patterns, Easy Kids Knits. It looks like it is out of print now which is a bummer because there are lots of cute designs in there and the pattern sizes go up to ten which, in my experience, can be hard to find. There are a million baby knit books out there but not so many for the older kids. I've included some photos from other pages so you can get an idea of what is in there.
I made the cardigan for my daughter but this is not the first time I have made it. Oh no. I made the whole thing almost exactly the same, she wore it a couple of times, did not like the sleeves, and then lost it at school. Now, most things that get lost at school eventually get find their way back home again. But the super expensive hand-knit sweater, lost forever. Oh, I was cross alright but she felt bad so I made another. This time though, I lengthened the sleeves and made them more narrow. In the pattern they are more like 3/4 length kimono sleeves. To flappy for my little one, apparently. So now happiness and red sweaters reign.
The yarn is Debbie Bliss and the button is vintage, given to me by a friend who found herself at a button fair one day while waiting for her daughter at a horse riding competition. I know where I would have rather been.
My reading material this week has been Flow magazine. I really can not say enough good things about this magazine. It may be the only magazine I have read cover to cover, every word. I purchased my first copy at Barnes and Noble (shockingly expensive) and then ordered subsequent copies directly from Flow's online site.
And seeing as we are on magazines I thought I would mention two unusual ones that my kids have loved to read over and over again. Okido, a science magazine for kids and Anorak which is more story based. They are both filled with great illustrations, comic strips and activities. Total winners. Oh and we got Ploc from the Anorak website and that has been one of the most loved magazines ever. The Alain Gree illustrations are nothing short of awesome.