Throwback Thursday – Legendary Sweater
We had a family legend that Dad once knit a sweater. Last Christmas, the sweater was revealed from the depths of the closet and a few more details of the legend emerged…
My mother, a skilled crafter, decided that since she’d have a few days to relax in the hospital after giving birth to me, she’d use the free time to teach herself to knit. My dad decided that he’d give it a try too, so they bought themselves various supplies and gave it a try. My mom abandoned the endeavor (apparently she had her hands full with me), but Dad continued to knit while watching the NY Giants finish their mediocre season.
From the various knitting skills I’ve acquired over the years and the projects I’ve seen from other aspiring knitters, I know that knitting takes a lot of practice (years) to get a consistent stitch and learn challenging patterns. This is by far the best looking, most advanced first project that I have ever seen. Do you see those two color cables? The little texture to the main pattern? Sleeves? Ribbing? Go Dad!
However it seemed too good and so my sisters and I pressed for details…had his aunts taught him to knit or crochet when he was little to help the war effort? He claims they did not. How did he figure out the stitches? “Once I did a few rows, you figure out the yarn tension, and…it’s just math.” This was long before the days of looking up stitches on YouTube…he must have studied that pattern very closely. I also suspect there may have been some rip-outs and restarts. My sister claims that a lot of Giants angst went into that sweater.
We also pressed mom to confirm that he did it himself. She claims he really did, though was a bit quiet about the whole thing. I’m not sure if she was peeved that she had not had his success in learning to knit, or if he had gloated a bit too much about how easy it was to knit.
In any case, that sweater was his first and last knitting project – way to go out on a high note. Dad is most pleased that the sweater still fits 40 years later.
So that’s just a little insight into craftiness in my family…I come from stock who think it’s a good idea to take on new crafts immediately after giving birth, and who take on ridiculously difficult projects with no experience. Couldn’t be more proud.