I finally finished it! Yay!! Ruby and Toby love it too! I had it wrapped up in tissue and set it on the floor. Toby peeled the tissue back so he could lay on it and use the sweater for a pillow. Then when I laid it out to take pictures of it, Ruby thought it was for her napping pleasure and plopped down in the middle of it.
Mom had acquired the yarn for this sweater years ago. She found a pattern for a bulky sweater that she liked and set about to make the sweater. The knitting process and the directions weren’t her cup of tea and she ended up tinking (that’s knitting backwards, aka frogging, rippit).
So when I was visiting Mom in April, she offered me the yarn. She said I could make anything I wanted to out of it and I told her I would make her the sweater. We took her measurements and decided which size to make. I weighed the yarn to determine how much yardage was there even though when she bought it they assured her there would be plenty of yarn.
This was a pretty straightforward pattern, I thought. I’m good at following directions, not so much with making modifications to the pattern to make things fit better. After completing one sleeve, I looked at it and thought it must have been written for a gorilla. Sure, it’s a loose baggy sleeve, but this thing would have fit a body builder, so out it came. Also, if I had made two sleeves that size there really wouldn’t have been enough yarn for the body of the sweater.
|Hi Grannie Helen!|
The yarn is pretty, a nubby mix of tan, black and white, but not too friendly to knit with. It has a tendency to stick to itself, it was hard to see sometimes where the stitches were, especially when needing to unknit something. I did plenty of cursing at times when the yarn would separate. And then it came to getting close to the end. I didn’t have enough yarn to get the length in the body as I had feared. I looked all over the internet, Ravelry, eBay and a general search to see if maybe I could find one more skein of yarn, but no luck. I explored a few different options and finally settled on black to make the body long enough. Even though Mom is petite in stature, she didn’t need a cropped sweater.
Now that it’s completed, all washed and ready to go, I’ll get it in the mail next week and she’ll have a nice surprise. I can’t take it in my suitcase when I go to Seattle in November because it would take up half the space, it lives up to being a bulky sweater.