Thursday, July 2, 2009
The Good [Handmade] Stuff: Merry Christmas, 2008
I finished knitting Pete's Christmas sweater (which I started last fall) at long last. This project was a great challenge for me, who had only knit scarves and booties prior, and I learned a tremendous amount in the process. After many starts and stops, it actually took moving to Utah and going to a knitting session at the local yarn store to finally get me to the end. I was the youngest knitter at the table by about 30 years, and I thoroughly enjoyed the knitting wisdom shared around the table. I did end up taking the whole thing off the needles and unraveling a good chunk of the body to get back on track.
I love these orange buttons! They were made in the 1940s and I bought them at the Brimfield Antique Show last fall. When I showed Pete the finished product, he immediately wanted to try the sweater on. It barely fit, but he wore the sweater all afternoon, despite the 90 degree heat. I loved that he loved it so much.
Interestingly, I've noticed that the trendiness of knitting that exists in the east is not very common here in Utah. In fact, I don't know anyone here who is close to my age who knits or sews whatsoever. Guess I'll have to be the trendsetter (or outsider) while we live here.