Monday, July 25, 2011

My sweaters miss me

If I was the kind of person who made fashion statements, sweaters would be an italicized, bolded part of whatever that statement might be.

Since before I can remember, sweaters have been a staple in my wardrobe. As a March baby in northern Minnesota, my parents had plenty of time before summer's arrival to swaddle me in sweaters during infancy. The sweater trend continued through childhood and today my hangers and drawer still overflow with a rainbow of sweaters in all sorts of fibers: wool, cashmere, angora, mohair, cotton, even some *gasp* acrylic fibers.

A few years back, I started to take my own knitting a little more seriously. Now there seems to be a trend towards my knitting a sweater each winter.


Although I love the opportunity summer provides for wearing swingy skirts and dresses and ridiculous shoes, I really feel most like myself when I'm wearing a sweater.

Each morning I open up my drawers to determine what I'll be wearing. And each morning I glimpse a stack of sweaters tucked away in the drawer's far corner. I can't help running my fingers over their familiar fuzziness. Ever so briefly, I wonder if I should pull one out to wear before I realize it's too blasted hot to even think about wearing a sweater. I can't help but miss them. I miss the snuggly way they cling to my body. I miss their breathability. I'm pretty sure they miss me too. 

Minnesotans might complain about the cold, but the truth is, I'd take the cold over tropical dew points any day. I'd rather have a sweater on then be sweltering in my swimsuit. 

It's moving into my favorite part of the year. Berries are ripe, the garden's reaching harvest point, and soon? Soon it'll be sweater season again.

What's your favorite piece of clothing? Happy Monday!

12 comments:

  1. Loving the heat, but not the humidity! I love simple white linen clothes. Not the proper wear for the Winters in Virginia though. Ada, I am adamant to get this knitting instruction from you as I need to knit some sweaters. You remember this gorgeous tree pattern? I so much would love this! Have a great start into the week
    Hurray it rains!

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  2. i completely relate to this! i love sweaters!

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  3. well, except for the knitting part anyway...

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  4. You are too funny.... I love the longing glimpse at the sweaters in the drawer!

    Funny enough-- I wrote about wearing traditionally winter fashion in the summer on my blog today!

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  5. For you the sweater, for me the flip flop. I relish the days that I can put a thong on my feet.

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  6. Now I like the warm summers better than the cold winters. BUT, I do love when fall gets here and I can pull out my warm layers, scarves and fingerless gloves and play out in the crisp air!

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  7. I have to admit I'd choose wearing next to nothing any old day... as long as I could stay out of the sun, that is. I tend to cover up outside so I don't get sun, but inside at home I like my tank tops and shorts or sundresses all summer long! You are a beautiful knitter, I'm impressed!

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  8. I like a good sundress. I had a great one I wore almost everyday when I was in Central America studying abroad. Hey, you could knit a sweater sundress! Are the blueberries ripe yet? Almost are here in Michigan.

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  9. I definitely want to learn how to knit sweaters. I mean, for realz. Maybe this winter will be my year...

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  10. I gotta agree sweaters are one of my favorite things to wear- regardless of the weather. My favorite piece of clothing though has to be my boots..I have a million different styles and yes I still wear my knee high ones in the heat!

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  11. You know, I feel most like myself when in my fall wardrobe - sweaters, turtle necks, long skirts and tights, with my knee high boots that keep me elevated from the damp leaves. I won't be wearing civilian clothes when that season comes - and I'll be honest, I'm disappointed. I've always loved clothes shopping at the start of the fall.

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  12. What a wonderful ode to sweaters! Not sure what my favorite piece is since I've been hanging out in capris and t-shirts all Summer. lol So ready for Fall!

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