Thursday, February 5, 2015

A promise is a promise

Some years ago my dad had a business in the city I grew up. My mom is buried there, so I just told him I would join hin, an we made a day out of it.  On the way he told me that my mom once knitted him a sweater, it was cabled, and green, a very special green... But when they were getting a divorce, ina fit of anger she just cut it up into shreds... He was so sorry for it, and he still remembers it, and if I ever want to knit him something, that would be the thing.
As things turned out we stopped at Muller in the city I grew up, and there is was, the yarn in just the green shade my dad wanted... I bought it right away, we spent some time at teh front of Ravelry, trying to find a pattern, but he found fault with each of them... More cables, wider cables, no diamond pattern, but it should have a high neck, and so on.
I started knitting it right away, did the ribbing, but then I would have made some decision as to how to continue, and then it was left at there... for years I did not put the yarn away, it was in the back, sometimes pit from this corner to that, me feeling totally guilty,
So when his wife called me that for his 70th bithday she wants to organize a family gathering, I just knew this is the time to finish this. I took it out of its bag, promtly decided to go to another route than I originally planned, frogged what I had, and started again. Looked at a cable pattern at DROPS, but did not liked it, so put the "strands" right and left until I was satisfied with the wide cable, and once again, made up the thing as I was knitting.

Knitted from the waist, in the round, the sleeves also in the round, joined under arms, and decrease the raglan. All the sewing needed was grafting the underarms. For some times I was worried it will be too small, but the yarn relaxed as much as I thought it would and the sizing is just fine.
Yarn: Lana Grossa Basics QUICK (50% wool, 50% acrylic... I know, I know... but ut will not be washed by me...)

1 comment:

kristieinbc said...

It's a wonderful sweater, and such a nice thing for you to have done for your dad! Also, sorry I haven't got back to your email. I've been meaning to, but am dealing with the loss of a friend right now and have been feeling quite overwhelmed this week.