: Kidlings
yarn
  1. Jaeger Alpaca Art
  2. Shade: 2 Ivory (600)
  3. Dyelot: 4C2
  4. Content: 50% mohair 50% nylon
needles
  1. Swallow casein SP 3.75
washing
  1. Wool cycle cool
  2. Short spin; do not leave wet
  3. Cool iron over damp cloth
  4. Flat dry out of direct sunlight
Fluffy bolero | type: Kidlings

  1. date: April 2006
  2. size: 2-3 yr
  3. made for: Ada
  4. pattern: Erika Knight , Simple Knits for Little Cherub


yarn
  1. Wendy Peter Pan 4-Ply
  2. Shade: 3 Navy Sailor (875)
  3. Dyelot: n/a
  4. Content: 55% Nylon 45% Acrylic
needles
  1. Swallow casein SP 2.25
  2. Swallow casein SP 2.75
washing
  1. Machine wash regular
  2. Tumble dry cool
Navy blue bolero | type: Kidlings

  1. date: April 2006
  2. size: 2-3 yr
  3. made for: Ada
  4. pattern: Debbie Bliss Baby Style, Frankenstein'd


yarn
  1. Noro Kureyon
  2. Shade: 150
  3. Dyelot: A
  4. Content: 100% wool
needles
  1. Addi Turbo circular 5.0
washing
  1. Hand wash cool
  2. Cool iron over damp cloth
  3. Flat dry out of direct sunlight
Baja Gunslinger hooded poncho | type: Kidlings

  1. date: March 2006
  2. size: 2-3 yr
  3. made for: Ada
  4. pattern: Knitting Pure & Simple

yarn
  1. Rowan Denim
  2. Shade: 16 Nashville (225)
  3. Dyelot: 170, 3249
  4. Content: 100% cotton
needles
  1. Swallow casein SP 3.25
  2. Swallow casein SP 4.0
washing
  1. Machine wash regular
"Jo" pullover | type: Kidlings

  1. date: November-March 2006
  2. size: 9-10 yr
  3. made for: Tom
  4. pattern: Rowan Rowan Junior


yarn
  1. Rowanspun DK
  2. Shade: 2 Mouse (749); 2 Thorn (748)
  3. Dyelot: 30I2; n/a
  4. Content: 100% wool
needles
  1. Swallow casein SP 3.25
  2. Swallow casein SP 4.0
washing
  1. Hand wash warm
  2. Cool rinse
  3. Short spin; do not leave wet
  4. Cool iron over damp cloth
  5. Flat dry out of direct sunlight
"Hamish" vest | type: Kidlings

  1. date: April-May 2005
  2. size: 9-10 yr
  3. made for: Henry
  4. pattern: Rowan Rowan Junior


yarn
  1. Rowan 4-Ply Soft
  2. Shade: 4 Zing (371); 1 Honk (300); 1 Nippy (376
  3. Dyelot:
  4. Content: 100% Merino Wool
needles
  1. Swallow casein SP 2.75
  2. Swallow casein SP 3.25
washing
  1. Hand wash warm
  2. Wool cycle cool
  3. Cool rinse
  4. Warm iron over damp cloth
  5. Flat dry out of direct sunlight
"Lottie" cardigan | type: Kidlings

  1. date: October-December 2003
  2. size: 1-2 yr
  3. made for: Lucy
  4. pattern: Rowan Rowan Junior

Wind-up: Soft yet crisp texture, colours to weep for. I love this yarn, and the pattern is both wearable and flattering. Alas, I had taught myself to knit a little too tightly (thinking it was a good way to produce regular stitches), and working with the no-give Kidsilk yarn certainly didn't discourage the Klingon Knit Method. I managed to wear a groove into my left index finger with a yarn they call 4-Ply Soft. At the end of my project, I discovered to my utter horror that I'd only used 2 of the 4 balls. I still wonder if Lucy's parents machine-washed the sweater and discovered the terrible flaw. I relaxed the cranking as the project went on, so they could indeed have a monstrously lopsided micro-cardigan by this point.

yarn
  1. Debbie Bliss Merino DK
  2. Shade: 10 black (200); 2 pale blue (300)
  3. Dyelot: 4
  4. Content: 100% Merino Wool
needles
  1. Swallow casein SP 3.25
  2. Swallow casein SP 3.75
washing
  1. Hand wash warm
  2. Short spin; do not leave wet
  3. Cool iron over damp cloth
  4. Flat dry out of direct sunlight
Ribbed sweater | type: Kidlings

  1. date: September-October 2003
  2. size: 4-6 yr
  3. made for: Tom
  4. pattern: Debbie Bliss Easy Knits

Like a lot of autistic children, Tom has an elfin quality that's oddly familiar to people who've spent any amount of time with wildlife. Normally I'm dead-set against kids wearing anything un-childish or overly modish. But I made Tom something different, because he is. And he did look smashing in black as I suspected. Note to self: Join ribs better at the side seams.

yarn
  1. Rowan Kidsilk Haze
  2. Shade: 1 Marmalade (596); 1 Tropic (602); 1 Jel
  3. Dyelot:
  4. Content: 70% super kid mohair 30% silk
needles
  1. Swallow casein SP 2.25
  2. Swallow casein SP 2.75
washing
  1. Hand wash warm
  2. Cool rinse
  3. Short spin; do not leave wet
  4. No bleach
  5. Cool iron over damp cloth
  6. Flat dry out of direct sunlight
It all started with Lucy | type: Kidlings

  1. date: March 2003
  2. size: 0-3 mo
  3. made for: Lucy
  4. pattern: Zoe Mellor 50 Baby Bootees

People who want kids know it. Such was the case with my friends Michael and Simon. Simon is an old friend of my Peter; they've been friends since their freshman year of college, and Simon is one of those rare pals who was completely unruffled by Peter's chosen course following graduation: to drop off the face of the planet, and dramatically (and temporarily) reappear at unpredictable intervals.

I met Simon in 2000 when we moved to the Bay Area, after several years of hearing stories about him. Within a year, he had met Michael, and it was pretty obvious he was The One. They are our best friends, and continue to be despite their move to Boston more than 2 years ago. Thanks to the Massachusetts Supreme Court's moment of clarity, they are now married. Thanks to the astounding generosity of Michael's sister Lora, they're also the fathers of 2 adorable little girls, Lucy and Ella.

When Lucy was born in fall of 2002, I was excited. And I mean excited the way I get over landmark conservation rulings, U.S. Presidential debates, a new Kubrick film or a world-changing applied scientific breakthrough. I am not a baby person, but Lucy wasn't just a baby. She was a triumph. She is a gift, and as melodramatic as it sounds, a proof that love tells its own truth.

I was also bummed that I wouldn't get to see her much. How do you show your love for a child with a continent between you?

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