Friday, February 5, 2010

A Year of Lovely Things

I have had a certain green cardigan for, oh I don't know, 25 years or so. My Mother knit it for my Dad long long ago. As in, 38 years. I know because I have a family picture of him wearing it and my third sister was a baby and she is 6 years younger than I.

I don't really know why or how I got this sweater. come to think of it, I can't even imagine my Dad would wear a sweater. Not the type.

She must have put a lot of time and effort into it just the same. It is acrylic, which is probably why it is still around.

I took it out of my closet the other day and decided to finally repair it once and for all. The sleeves had been fixed countless number of times. I can tell by the different colors of wool/embroidery floss that I used to do so.The buttons, long gone. All but three, but that doesn't help.

I couldn't find any wool to match so I decided on a more whimsical look. I used a contrasting green color to stitch the arms back on.

As for buttons, I didn't have 6 that matched either. So, moving along with the whimsy, I used similar but different ones.

I know it doesn't look like something out of a catalog or off of a store shelf, but it is one of my favorite sweaters I own. Not for the feel of it. As I said, it is acrylic. Not for the fit. It is HUGE. But more so for the history of it. After all, it is acrylic so it should be here forever!


Anonymous said...

You're so sweet.

Jen said...

I think it looks great with those buttons actually! It looks so nice and perked up. :)

Dawn said...

I love clothing with a history. How cool that you still have your Dad's sweater!

Old School/New School Mom said...

It is a truly loved sweater that bares a ton of history!

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