I started this project and this post months ago – last January, I think – and I finished the project over the summer, and the post last week, setting it to publish today.
I hope we know who the president is by now, and more so, I desperately hope it is not that horrible horrible man.
So this is not about politics.
It’s yet again about thrifted sweaters.
I got this cardigan during a thrift store run last autumn or winter and hit another small jackpot – I’ve been wanting a teal cardigan, but didn’t want to buy the yarn and knit one, or buy one new
– and I lucked out –
and I so wish I had grander luck than just finding an old sweater for $3 or so…
But anyway, this one was probably made for men – it’s got some unfortunately narrow/tight hips and broad shoulders, and some reaaaaaally long arms.
And the lower half of both arms were quite shredded.
I decided to conduct a partial amputation of the lower sleeves and re-knit the cuffs.
At least 8 inches were completely unnecessary – even for my monkey arms.
But the damn thing had cut/serged seams, so I was only left with short lengths of yarn – great to nearly invisibly repair the other various holes and moth nibbles, but not great for knitting for length.
So I knit them in some dark charcoal wool and have paused to see if I like them as-is…
The bottom of the sleeve doesn’t poof quite as badly as it appears – some of the original cuff is still folded back inside – but I may end up narrowing them a bit. I may also knit the cuffs longer so they fold over. I might add an icord trim around the front so I can move the buttons over 1/2 inch to eek out a bit more width and add a decorative element. I might knit a shawl collar. I might take the short teal yarns and splice them all together and re-knit the cuffs. I might entirely re-knit the sleeves in charcoal. I might open up the side seams and add charcoal side stripes…
I have to admit I’m not feeling this one completely yet, but mostly because I’m still in need of another ass-clearing cardigan and this one stops short – I already used up my luck finding one of those a few years ago.