Not really, I just made that up.
But it is true that Mr. Rogers began putting on his iconic cardigan forty six years ago today, when his television show, Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, debuted on February 19, 1968.
So, in honor of Fred Rogers, I have taken it upon myself to unofficially declare this day, February 19th,
“National Wear Your Cardigan Day”!
There are just some people in this world that deserve to have their own national holiday and I think Mr. Rogers is one of them.
“Won’t You Be My Neighbor” became an important part of several generations of American childhood memories all because Mr. Rogers dedicated his life to making this world a better place for children.
I, for one, would love to have had Mr. Rogers for my neighbor. Apparently, he was the same off screen as he was on the screen. A man of tremendous faith and integrity, people loved him wherever he went. I read a wonderful article highlighting the 15 Reasons Mr. Rogers Was the Best Neighbor Ever. From gaining the love of a gorilla to single handedly saving Public Television in 1969, Fred Rogers proved to be a man anyone would be proud to call their neighbor.
So let’s wear our cardigans today in honor of Mr. Rogers’ life long commitment to the children of America.
And let’s wear our cardigans today to pay tribute to all those people that lovingly work with our children day in and day out. There are so many unsung heroes out there quietly protecting, nurturing and enhancing childhood. They really don’t get the respect and recognition they deserve.
Do you know someone that has made a big difference in your child’s life? Do you know someone who has devoted their life to children? Do you know someone who deserves to receive the “First Ever Mr. Rogers’ Cardigan Award”? If so, tell us about them and nominate them in the comment section. One lucky nominee will be chosen to win the cardigan below. The winner will be announced on Saturday, March 8, 2014.
This cardigan refashion tutorial is for you, Fred!
I loved the design on this sweater, but pullovers just don’t do much for me. This was the perfect candidate to become a much more versatile cardigan.
All you need is some coordinating fabric, a pair of sharp scissors, a measuring tape, a button, an elastic hairband, and of course your trusty sewing machine.
And you can give your old pullover sweater a new life as a cardigan.
To see the entire step by step tutorial click here. I’d love to know what you think about this one.
Happy National Wear Your Cardigan Day!
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