Yo La Tengo is the perfect music for a drab day. It’s gloomy and rainy here, but the wind is warm so there’s no need for a fire. Except that, on a gloomy day, fires cheer me up no end! I had been intending to start a long and arduous task today with Rata called ‘going to the toilet’, but faced with a grumpy child and a headache decided against it. So feeling like a bit of a lightweight, the only thing to do was to ignore Rata’s grumpiness for a bit and do some sewing.
When I pulled this orange fabric out, it made me think of the leaves turning yellow and orange in the garden, which in turn made me think of the song ‘Autumn Sweater’, which lead me to copying a jumper of Rata’s and fashioning this little beauty. I’ve had the song on repeat in my head since I started cutting it out, and it has served to remind me of the chicken soup nature of Yo La Tengo.
There’s something inherently soothing about their album I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One (which is the one I’m most familiar with). It’s upbeat but fragile, and a little bit sympathetic. It seems to accommodate a low mood; it doesn’t drag you further into it, nor does it try too hard to lift your spirits. It’s the album equivalent of the friend who knows when to just listen.
(Autumn Sweater, when you think about it, is an intriguing phrase: no one in America says ‘autumn’ yet they’re the only ones who say ‘sweater’. ‘Fall’ as a season is lame. Oh sure, leaves ‘fall’ but ‘autumn’ means so much more. Like feijoas, chilly starts and field mushrooms.)
So, this is Rata’s Autumn Sweater. The orange fabric came from a garage sale $1 a bag adventure, and is kinda fleecy inside. I put her into her cot for a nap at about 1.15 this afternoon and was sewing the button on an hour later. (Which meant the top was finished.) I top stitched everywhere with a wiggly stitch on my very basic machine, including across the bust where the shoulder facing ended. This funny photo is the result of asking Rata if I could “see her back”.