First, some winners! Congrats to Knockonwool, Sewjessica, and Shoelaceswitcher, as their comment numbers were chosen by a random number generator.  I’ll be sending you Ravelry messages and you can tell me which of my patterns you would like! The men’s cardigan whose name I am still mulling over should be back from the tech editor this afternoon, and released as soon as I can get better pictures of it. Hooray!

Phew! Last week I sent Z to school in her Little Oak cardigan, which still fits her since I made it super long last year. She came home in a hoodie that was in her diaper bag, and the sweater was missing. I didn’t think much of it until I picked her up the next afternoon and they hadn’t found it. Then I started to worry, and get sad. I hadn’t really absorbed the possibility of these knits getting lost yet. I know some might wear out, or get stains. They’re being worn by an active little toddler. It seems much more disheartening to lose items. I still lament a beautiful hat that I made, never even got a picture of, and lost. I would replicate it, but it was out of some hand dye that I haven’t been able to find since. I even get sad when characters in books and movies lose things sometimes.

My friend Jenni had some lovely labels made for me to put in Z’s sweaters, but I hadn’t gotten around to it.

labeledLesson learned! They’re going in all of her sweaters, tout suite! They’re made by It’s Mine Labels. Even though this isn’t a guarantee that all lost sweaters make it home, it can help, and they’re super cute. I’ve blurred out our phone number up there, but you get the idea. Now I just have to get myself to sew all of them in. Knitting is so much more fun…

**Edited to add:**I forgot to say that the sweater was found! It ended up on a very high shelf when coats and diaper bags were moved out of the reach of toddler hands. I’m very grateful to Z’s teachers for looking so hard and for their patience with me each day that I asked again, and again.

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