Last year I knew I was winding down. Joe was about to start his last semester of grad school, and I knew I would soon be the one home with the kids. But I wasn't yet, and I cherished those weeks around the house. My nights were spent knitting on the couch, in the light of the Christmas tree, listening to audio books. I'm pretty sure I listened to every book by L.M. Montgomery along with Little Women. With the extra free time and no work commitments, knitting was exciting to me again. It wasn't a burden or something I had to get done because I had a duty to fulfill, I was creating for the very love of it. Like I said: blissful.
I started with Clara's stocking, posting pictures on Instagram and seeking the opinion of the knitting community along the way. I loved what had resulted from this power session and it made me fall in love with knitting all over again. I decided that since Sam and Elise both had knits to match their stockings, Clara also needed something special I could hand down to her.
The end product made me giddy. So much so that I wrote up a quick version of the pattern to share. I promised a pattern for both, along with multiple sizes and just couldn't deliver on the time line I was hoping for. Winter came and went, and demands of everyday life started to press in again. I ended up working a little longer than expected, so when I finally 'retired' I knew exactly what was going on my needles.
So here I sit, typing in the light of the Christmas tree, reminiscing about last year, and thinking about what this year has brought. A chance to stay home with my kids, a chance to make knitting/creating/designing a bigger part of my life again. I have agonized over this pattern. Writing, rewriting: top-down, bottom-up, steeked in the round, flat with no steek, lice stitch removed, lice stitch back in. I wanted it to be as special for your little one as it has been for mine.
And maybe even bigger than this, I wanted this pattern to represent who I am as a knitter and designer. I'm back, and there may be no stopping me this time!