If you know me at all, you know that I can knit most everything except sweaters. Over the last ten years, I’ve attempted and failed at several sweater patterns. Then I received bulky yarn as a Christmas gift this past Christmas. So, maybe I’d try a sweater AGAIN! Looked up a pattern on www.ravelry.com. The yarn was a super bulky Bernat yarn and I was given four balls. With a top-down sweater, I couldn’t lose, right? I even knit a swatch, for goodness sakes! I knit about four inches down and…..I hated the yarn! Really, really!
So, back to the drawing board. First, because of the sale, I stopped in at my local www.joanns.com. I found some fabulous Alpaca blend bulky in a beautiful dark rosy pink color.
Back to Ravelry, and to a new pattern. It’s the Fiona Sweater from Quince & Company. I swatched the yarn and voila! It’s a go!
So I started the sweater just before Knitting Goup on Tuesday and it’s now Saturday. My sweater has grown substantially. Points to me! Stay tuned to see if I finally finish it! Cross your fingers!
I pretty much learned the knitting basics at Jimtown Junior High School in Elkhart, IN. But I had to learn all the finer techniques on my own. This was more than 40 years ago (Wow! I am old!) That was long before the Internet (i.e. Ravelry , Yahoogroups, YouTube, etc.); long before my town had a decent yarn shop; long before I knew there were others like me who loved to knit.
But there was Mary Maxim. I could purchase yarn and a pattern in a kit. So I knitted kit sweaters for my family.
I did not know about Intarsia or Fair Isle knitting so I learned through trial and error. I did not know anything about garment finishing, like blocking and seaming.
But no matter how my sweaters turned out, my parents loved them and wore them often. When Mom passed away, my Dad gave me back her sweater, as well as all the other things I had knitted for her.
So even though I am slightly ashamed of the imperfect sweaters, I am very proud that I could make something warm that my Mother loved.
Without much further ado, here is a photo of me wearing my Mom’s sweater.
Me in Mom