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Murphy’s Law of Children’s Clothing

January 22, 2012

You can't see the back of her elbows. So gross.

1) If you buy it from a thrift store or Craigslist, it might get avocado or mashed pumpkin smeared on it, adding a faint stain which is indistinguishable from the faint stains that were on the clothing when you bought it.  Perfect.  That’s what kids clothes are for.

2) If you bought it new, she will get marker/crayon/food marks on it which will leave noticeable stains that you’ll have to explain every time she wear it: “It really is clean, she just got [substance X] on it a few weeks ago and it won’t come clean.”  The stain will fade to almost unnoticeable faintness on the wash cycle immediately prior to you donating the outgrown item to Goodwill or listing it on Craigslist.

3) If someone gave you the clothes as a gift, they will remain in near pristine condition regardless of the number of wearings and washings, until two hours before the person who gave them the clothes is scheduled to see them (because you thought it would be nice for the gifter to see the giftee wearing the gift!).  Then your kid will find the almost-empty glass of wine left too close to the edge of the counter last night, and dump in on herself.

4) If you hand knit an article of clothing for your child, custom fit and using the yarn she picked our HERSELF at the yarn store, she will find  the solitary, manure-laced mud puddle in a desert park roughly three weeks after the last rain fall (irrigation runoff from a ball field.  Awesome.) and fall in it.  Within two hours of putting the clothing on for the first time.

 

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Moma permalink
    February 15, 2012 3:31 pm

    Haven’t checked this site in a while since you hadn’t written much. Love the way you tell stories. The “Sweater Project” and “Murphy’s Law” totally cracked me up! And the “mud” picture is priceless.

    Keep up the knitting and the writing!

  2. February 20, 2012 12:55 am

    Hi, it’s Rixa from Stand and Deliver. You won the batik ring sling giveaway! I wanted to get your mailing address. Please get in touch with me ASAP.

    Thanks and congrats!

    Rixa

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