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25th-Apr-2015 08:52 am
I've always had trouble with cardigans. They seem like a useful kind of garment, but they haven't liked me. Other than a chunky rib knit men's one that i used to wear over another big jumper on cold school uniform days, they've never been part of my wardrobe, even though i sometimes dress up (particularly if I'm wearing a dress, maybe to a wedding or other posh do) and think "something other than a hoody, an office jacket or a scarf would really be useful here".
But then they just feel too Woman. Not me.

A couple of years i bought one at fair expense. Nice soft wool, beautiful pattern knitted in of little leaves in shades of green. I put it in my freezer and every so often tried it on with things and put it back in the freezer. Big sister came to stay and forgot her posh clothes for a meeting, so i lent it to her, and it looked right. So she got it for Christmas.

One of the things i got from my mum's room is a well-worn brown cotton cardigan. Suspect it was originally Big sister's. I've been wearing it with a few things and it's... fine.

Now i just bought two cardigans from Gap - thin ribbed mostly cotton things. They also look fine, from first trying them on at least. I don't look like I'm wearing someone else's clothes. In my new-found ability to casually carry off a skinny cardigan, I feel that i have finally attained womanhood.
25th-Apr-2015 09:03 am (UTC)
I still haven't achieved being able to carry off a cardigan, and know what you mean about them feeling too Woman; therefore I respect the achievement, but am still uncertain about whether I want to be able to do it myself.
25th-Apr-2015 10:56 am (UTC)
Yeah. It's with some surprise that I look at myself in the mirror and see that I have become a Woman.

Although today, I am wearing a newish dress (also Gap) in the current trend of slightly too high waists and slightly too pleaty skirts, coloured leggings and a hoody, and I think it's not terrible, but it's rather too girly and looks a little bit like I'm wearing Young Person's clothing...
25th-Apr-2015 02:26 pm (UTC)
Out of curiosity - do you keep a lot of your knitwear in the freezer? Is it because of moths?
25th-Apr-2015 08:46 pm (UTC)
it varies. it is only a lot if I have discovered or suspect a moth/egg problem, then I put as much in there as possible, in 3 or 4 weeks cycles until it is all done. the cardigan lived in there because it was particularly nice. special things often hang out in the freezer. I have just put my winter coat, and a scarf and hat my sister knitted for me in there for the summer. the rest of my wools live in a plastic storage bag which is mostly okay, but because of hazards like opening/closing, and at some point it got a hole, there are occasional moth disasters. if I have any suspicions about an item (might just be that it's been left out in the room for a while as I wear/wash things slowly, or maybe it was washed and hung to dry outside, it's a bit arbitrary) then it goes in the freezer for a few weeks for quarantine, then to the airing cupboard for a few days to dry properly, then back in with general woollens storage.
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