The sleepy sweaters
When I do have spare moments, I am mostly trying to fill them up with things that keep the household afloat, are enjoyable for someone or give us pleasure in the long run. More on that in another post, I think...but in this one, I present:
the sleepy sweaters
Yes. Even in summer here, we wear sweaters to bed with some frequency. With the windows open, it can get chilly at night, and both boys throw off their covers with some frequency. In an effort to get more sleep by helping them sleep through the night occasionally, I came up with these.
This starts with either felted wool sweaters (from the thrift store) or cashmere ones that I bought to make into wool soakers or longies. (Wool is very absorbent and ideal for cloth diaper covers; it is what my boys have been wearing at night for most of their lives.) My mom helped out by making the first soakers and wool pants when the boys were born. Some of the soakers are handknits but most are made from felted, repurposed sweaters. The wool pants, (also called longies) worn over their clothes, were great for winter time warmth when going outside and a lot easier than getting a couple of infants into snow suits.
Over time, I got a stock pile of beautiful sweaters felted or washed and ready to go. The professor really likes the thrift store sweater hunt! The sleepy sweaters in my house come in two styles:
1) a long sleeveless one, sort of like a sleeveless tunic. This goes over a short or long sleeved tee-shirt and a pair of pajama pants at bedtime. (and underneath those pjs, we are still wearing cloth diapers and wool soakers at night.)
2) When it is really cold, in the winter, we wear long sleeve sleepy sweaters. I repurpose felted adult sweaters or cashmere ones by hemming up the bottoms and sleeves so they fit my (still pretty small) three year olds.
Recently, the purple cashmere sleeveless sleepy sweater was deemed the "ballet sweater." Leo, the older twin, is a great fan of dancing. He particularly enjoys twirling and stomping in his sleepy sweater before bed.
I began to get worried because this particular sleepy sweater was looking a bit ragged. When would I fix it and where would I find another perfect purple (CASHMERE!|) sleepy sweater?
I had a very lucky helper. My friend Rachel, who owns Wolseley Wardrobe, a local consignment shop, kept her eye out for the perfect sweater. The stars aligned and we just landed a second, long sleeved cashmere purple BALLET sleepy sweater. Hurray!
I get enormous pleasure out of seeing my guys cozy and ready for sleep, outfitted in woollies made or repurposed just for them. It is time well-spent because sometimes, just sometimes, I get to sleep 5-6 hours in a row when they both are warm and comfy enough to sleep through the night at the same time.
I took advantage of a sunny morning to air these out and I wanted to share it with you. Hope you can imagine the twin ballet dancers twirling here.