twinning stripes

June 06, 2021


First, a little business. I found several dozen comments in my junk file. Most required responses and I think I've finally responded to everyone, even if late. I don't know how long this has been going on since I could only go back a few months, but if you have sent me a comment that required a reply and I have not responded, please resend. I will be checking my junk daily. Sorry for the hassle.

Now for the sweaters! Aren't these the best? I didn't set out to make or even realize that I was making twin sweaters, but when Carter saw me wearing mine he squealed that we had matching sweaters and we could wear them together! I'll remind him in a few years how happy he was to be twinning with his grandmother and if he doesn't believe me, I'll show him these pictures! After this surprise success I thought I might as well take advantage of this tiny window of twinning pride. He's three now, so I've got another 2, maybe 3 years? I'm sure he'll let me know loud and clear when the gig is up. But as for now, we are adorably proud to wear matching sweaters so of course I'm thinking up some more twin sweaters for fall. 😍

Mine: Stripes by Andrea Mowry. The main yarn is vintage Rowan Lightweight DK in warm 70s colors. It came from a vintage Rowan kit my LYS gifted me several years ago. The Kaffe Fassett pattern it came with was awful and dated, and when I saw Andrea's Stripes pattern I knew it would be a match made in heaven. I also added two neutrals of Chickadee by Quince and Co. to reign in the colors, if only a tiny bit. The pattern is simple and sweet but I modified it to make it slimmer and longer. I have a question I'll toss out to the lovers of vintage Rowan: The label says 100% wool, but does anyone know the breed? It's soft enough to be merino but has more oomph; maybe Blue Faced Leicester? Can't find a clue anywhere and just curious. I'm pretty sure early Rowan yarns used local breed specific wool even before it was the cool thing to do. My Ravelry project page with links and details.

His: I used the free Topdown Raglan Generator by Knitting Fool for the pattern. I made it oversized so he can wear it next fall and made a few short rows to raise the back neck. The yarn is stash DK wool scraps in happy colors and he loves it. I have so much scrappy stash I could knit another dozen of these and will knit him one every year until he says he's done with them. My Ravelry project page with links and details.

Modeling day was a bit silly as Carter was completely enthusiastic and excited. I have to put these warm woolens away for now, but I can't wait until fall when we can show them off together. We are standing under a Climbing Blaze rose arch. It's one of our earliest bloomers and the flowers stay on long after the other roses have given up. It's a repeat bloomer too. When this is done, we'll have at least two more big blooms in the summer. It's terrific. Last week I made a rose post about all my roses. You can read my rose post here. Next week I'll take you around the vegetable garden. It's going to be a great year.

Carter's sweater. I call this type of sweater free-to-me; free pattern and leftover yarn. 

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  1. OMG! Cuteness overload! I'm a longtime reader and always enjoy reading your blog. Thank you for adding a smile to may day.

    1. LOL. Thank you and thank you for adding a smile to my day!

    2. I love the sweaters. Watch out, next year Carter will be taller than you are.


    3. Thank you Carole. It only takes a matter of time before I become the shortest person in my family again.

  2. Good Golly Miss Molly! The best striping. What a wonderful picture for the family album. So happy! Chloe.

    1. Haha! I haven't said Good Golly Miss Molly near enough times in my life! That is going to change TODAY! LOL and thank you!

  3. Hi Kristen,
    I can't believe Carter is three. I'm going to be a Grandmother in January. My daughter and her husband are expecting their first. I keep thinking about many things I want to knit and crochet.I love the twining sweaters. I have a third cousin who will be 2 next year and Oliver will look so cute in it.
    Your roses are exquisite.
    It's hot here in Ontario Canada. Trying to stay cool.
    Take care,


    1. Congratulations! What fun you will have knitting for the new family member! Yes, he is three and will be four in July, the same month I turn 70. Oi!

  4. Good Golly...where did that come from? (Even if I am a child of the fifties.). Sorry if I overstated. Chloe


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