Have you noticed the amazing choice of sweaters around for this
autumn. . . . .and for the coming winter months?
Hefty but soft and drapey come to mind - and coziness and
comfort can't be denied from the way these cuddly beauties look.
I grew up in England and we called our sweaters 'jumpers'.
Every British child had at least one jumper - often hand-knitted
by mum or grandma. Even when school uniform was everyday
dress, it usually included a v-neck, snug fitting, fine wool jumper,
worn over a white blouse/shirt with a school tie for both girls and boys.
Remember there was no such thing as a school building with central
heating back then in the fifties! A coal burning stove around which we
warmed our hands after outdoor playtime was about it when I was in
Winter could be cold even where I lived in the south - how
those up north managed to hold a pen to write their essays
in freezing classrooms is beyond imagination.
During inclement weather we were not 'babied'. Teachers shooed
us out into cold, often rain-soaked, playgrounds at playtime to
gasp fresh air and do rudimentary exercise such as a game of
tag whilst sloshing through puddles. Needless to say, footwear in
winter often included rubber 'wellies', the basic rubber Wellington
boots. . . . . . . not elegant Hunter boots seen more as a fashion
statement these days.
Yes, growing up in what was definitely a more Spartan lifestyle
was tough at times - but we had no idea it could have been
any different. To be honest it was fine, made stronger
people out of us I believe. . . . . . . . and I have no regrets,
having loved every minute of childhood and school days
no matter the weather.
Do you knit?
If so, can you share any good pattern sources for chunky jumpers please?
I used to be good knitter as a teen, making many sweaters and cardigans.
Now I'm getting a bit tired of knitting only scarves while watching TV - perhaps
I need to get the jumbo needles out and try my hand at something chunky
while enjoying cozy evenings by the fireplace later.