This statement is made by Pilar in Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood. Pilar is one of the Eves, one of the women who take on care-giving duties in the God’s Gardeners society. Her specialties are bees and mushrooms, two things that are extremely useful in the broken-down world of this novel (and series).
I named this fingering weight sweater for Middie after Pilar because both are no-nonsense, basic, and reliable.
The pattern includes instructions for both long and short sleeves and the sweater is designed to fit Middie just perfectly. It fastens in the back with a metal snap, though you could also have Middie wear it the reverse way around for a fitted cardigan look.