Crazy-making labor of love

February 28, 2012

I’ve had the great pleasure of joining my Mom’s knitting group a few times recently. They gather at a terrific knitting & sewing shop nearby each week to knit, chat, share, and laugh. There’s the group of about 6 “regulars” and 2-3 others who join intermittently, like me. Then there are folks who come to shop or consult who stop by the group, comfortably nestled by the windows near the front door, to inquire what we’re working on and to share ideas or ask questions.

A couple of weeks ago, a woman stopped by with a dear friend’s old sweater that she wanted to repair.

fair isle sweater with moth holes

Not so bad, you might say. A couple of moth holes here and there. Just find a yarn that’s a close match and spend a bit of time with it and you’ll have it mended. But a closer look revealed damage of nearly epic proportion:

And there’s more — lots and lots more. Here’s just a glimpse of what was amidst the fair isle:

I’m generally up for a challenge, but I couldn’t even imagine trying to mend this. Why not just start new and recreate it? The woman reiterated that the friend was a dear, dear friend who had done so much for her and this sweater is one of his most treasured possessions. (When she was out of earshot, some of us wondered why anyone would allow his most treasured possession to feed generations of moths, but we didn’t voice this question!)

Committed to undertaking this labor of love, she found some (close to) matching yarn for the body and ordered some for the yoke. Hope I see her and the sweater again. I’ll let you know.


One Response to “Crazy-making labor of love”

  1. Jenny Says:

    I love the way the sweater looks (minus the gaping holes). Would love to be able to find a pattern like that. Any thoughts or suggestions for locating a fair isle yoke pattern?


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