Friday, January 2, 2009

S-L-O-W-E-S-T Knitter in History

This must be a record for l-o-n-g-e-s-t UFO to reach completion.

Here's the story:

When I moved from Toronto to LA, in 1992, a few things were just packed and moved in a haphazard fashion because hubby was doing the packing while I had already started my LA job.

So this is all his fault. :-)

I should also add that, as of the summer of 2007, I hadn't knitted anything in about 20 years. But I had just started thinking of going back to it. A couple of friends had mentioned that they were knitting, and, I don’t know, maybe it was something in the air.

So, when I found a bag of knitting stashed way in the back on a high shelf in the linen closet, that was the catalyst. The knitting was started, with about 8 inches done, the needles still in it, and there were 7 balls of yarn. It was cotton and acrylic (perfect for the SoCal climate), and a nubbly blend of off-white with multi-colored strands. I guess you’d call it bouclĂ©. It’s called Emu Coolspun Confetti. Here’s a photo.

The sales slip was still in the bag - I bought it in 1987 !
Alas the pattern was nowhere to be found. From what I could tell, that yarn isn't sold any more. Now, I needed to find a pattern for it that only uses 7 balls.

Luckily I found *one* listing on eBay for a pattern book for this yarn. It was from England and I got it for 2 pounds plus shipping. So about $6 total. Not bad.

When it arrived, my son and his wife really yukked it up over the 1980’s hairstyles and fashions. But one of them was a simple short-sleeved tee, and it called for just the amount of yarn I had.

The more I looked at this pattern, the more sure I became – this was exactly the same pattern I had been knitting from back in 1987!!

So I literally picked up where I left off with my knitting and continued with the pattern. Fortunately, even though I have put on some weight in the hips region, I am the same size on top, so I could make the same size sweater.

I worked on it steadily and finished it in about a month. Make that 20 years and one month!

Here it is.

Oh and I do have a ball of yarn left over all!

1 comment:

  1. I love boucle. And the T-shirt is gorgeous. You haven't lost your talent.