Red Box Jumper 5: Poncho Mamma

I carried all of my babies. I loved it. It felt right to have them so close and so cosy; reassuringly safe yet out of the way both at the same time. Having a carrying sling gave me back the use of my hands and arms without the sacrifice of putting my baby down.

It’s an interesting thought that the society my children were born into tries very hard to put babies down: to cache them in a pram or a cot rather than carry them as our evolutionary ancestors did. I never considered this at the time; I just did whatever felt natural and whatever seemed to work best, and that was baby wearing. And of course, wearing my poncho which fitted over both baby and me.

I still wear the poncho and although my children are grown. It reminds me of the sound and smell of a warm baby sleeping on my back, whiffling breaths just behind my ear.

This jumper was brought to you by Hannah Sanguinetti, working with: John Arbon Knit by Numbers merino double knit in shade KBN 19 on 4mm double-pointed needles, ink, brush and pencil.

I am lucky enough to have a fantastic yarn shop on my road, Be Inspired Fibres, and this acts as my extended yarn stash. All of my yarn for this project is sourced from this beautiful shop. For those of you who don’t have a yarn shop near by, why don’t you come to the Edinburgh Yarn Festival this March? There is more yarn than you can possibly imagine, and you could pop in to Red Box and take a look at my red jumpers too.

You can go and see this jumper as of TODAY on display as a table-number bottle in Red Box Coffee, 2-6 Spottiswoode Rd, Edinburgh EH9 1BQ. And if you can’t see it out, ask the staff!

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