A tale of two jumpers

A few years ago, I bought AJ a lovely soft jumper which she adored. It was 70% lambswool and 20% Angora. She wore it everywhere and refused to be parted from it, even at night. After a few weeks, it needed a wash. I waited until she was at school and I pounced. Now the next part I can’t remember how it happened, but I ended up putting her jumper in the normal wash. When I pulled it out of the machine,….well….my heart dropped. The jumper was totally felted and several sizes smaller. I tugged and pulled it in vain.

There was only one thing I could do……….I hid it. Unbelievably it worked, but I knew she would ask about her lovely jumper. So I rushed back to the shop only to find they had sold out. I’m not a pushy person, but I even got the poor shop assistant to check the stock in other shops. No luck.

Next stop, ebay. Found the same jumper, but a size smaller. Feeling a little desperate I bought her another soft jumper in her favourite colour. Guilt has a funny effect on me. I had to keep looking. Eventually I found the same jumper two sizes bigger and I started bidding. By this stage, my husband was beginning to despair, especially as my daughter had not even mentioned the jumper. But the guilt drove me and, fortunately, I won. Yeah! The jumper arrived and was put back in her drawer, some three months later.

There were no exclamations, no questions. She just put it on a few days later and wore it, without a single word of surprise. Phew! I had got away with it. I know madness, but I should add I was pregnant at the time.

I was now free to use the shrunken version. With great glee I wielded the scissors.


Since then, I have made three cute rabbits and I’m just about to start the fourth.

One of the rabbits and the second jumper
One of the rabbits and the second jumper

You can imagine that I am so careful not to let the same fate befall the second jumper, but if it does……

6 thoughts on “A tale of two jumpers

  • Thursday 18 March, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    LOVE the story ..as soon as you said you were pregnant at the time it just made complete sense…

    that bunny is seriously cute :0) :0) :0)

    • Thursday 18 March, 2010 at 2:50 pm

      It was a good excuse while it lasted. I put other signs of madness down to lack of sleep, talking to a toddler all day, lack of chocolate,…….

  • Thursday 18 March, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    Lack of chocolate is a totally legitimate lifetime valid excuse
    (I’ve come to the conclusion that small children send you quite daft after a while …I think it wears off but I’m not holding my breath here..they are also usually responsible for the lack of sleep and that chocolate in quantity is the antidote to most of life’s blips)

    • Thursday 18 March, 2010 at 8:44 pm

      Hee hee. Totally agree.

    • Thursday 18 March, 2010 at 10:00 pm

      Thanks. The girls love their bunnies. This new one is for my son for easter.

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