As summer seems farther and farther away, I present a sweater that remembers the hot days, the bees buzzing at picnics, and the cool night breezes of summer. A sweater that reassures that the days will lengthen, and winter will not last forever, however long it may seem to those of us embarking on it.
It is named after an old riddle whose answer is “a swarm of bees.”
Hum-a-bum buzz buzz
As I went over Tippletine
I saw a flock of bonny swine.
Some yellow backed, some yellow nacked.
They were the very bonniest swine
that e’er went over Tippletine.
Like the other animal sweaters (Ribbit, Uakari, and Rawwr), it is sized from 3 months up to 6T. This one, however, is constructed slightly differently. The body is knit in one piece to the armhole. The little antennae are very easy to knit, and the pattern includes a set-up photo of how I picked up the stitches to make sure that they stood straight up.The antennae could probably be knit an inch or two longer and still stand up.
The yarn is the ever popular Tahki Cotton Classic. I had not had a chance to knit with it before this sweater. I love how it is sturdy and elegant at the same time. I have no qualms about my kids wearing the sweater and washing it, and yet the sheen and the colors give it an elevated air, so that it looks special.
This photo shoot was a really delightful evening. The daughter of one of my friends modeled, and we had other kids running around with them.The light was the amazing autumn golden light that makes colors look especially beautiful.
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