Wiksten Smock Paired with a Cozy Sweater

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This fall Purl Soho sent me some of their Cashmere Merino Bloom in Lilac Quartz to make a sweater for Iris.  The yarn is so soft and heavenly!  Although I'm not a purple lover in general (Iris IS big time), I think this color is beautiful.  I used the Ellen's Cardigan pattern from Petite Knit (chosen by Iris), and it taught me a new technique-- the afterthought buttonhole.  It took me awhile to get the hang of it, but now it's my new favorite way to make a buttonhole because it's very easy for Iris to button by herself.

Iris picked out the buttons from Josephine's Dry Goods, and boy do they have a wonderful selection of buttons.  She proudly wears her cardi to kindergarten daily (mostly over a Wiksten Smock, as shown here), telling anyone who will listen that her mom made it and that she picked out the buttons.  Makes a mom's heart happy. : )

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