Thrifting, and sleeveless.
I can’t seem to get into knitting a sweater. I’m dying for a big, woolly, hand-knitted sweater, but it just seems such a huge project for my fickle self. Solution: vest. Look ma! No sleeves!
Pictured above is the yarn from a thrift store sweater. It was a women’s medium, Abercrombie v-neck sweater, 70% wool/30% nylon blend, that I bought for less than $4.00. It unraveled like a dream; you never can tell how it’s going to go until you start deconstructing. I have knit about 8″ of body on a vest for my sister. I know, I know. I promised Holly [on Rav] a sweater long ago, but that sweater was abandoned a while back with the intention of someday knitting her something else. So the sister gets a vest…eventually.
Yea, thrift stores. I try to pop in frequently to my favorite ones that are close to my house. Yesterday Maggie and I went to one just down the street. I’d been there before and it was a huge mess, but for some reason I decided to try it again. You never quite know what you’ll find.
Wow. Jackpot. Hand-knitted. In Norway. Steeked. Twisted stitch ribbing. Garter stitch button band. Pewter buttons. Picot neck edge. PICOT! This sweater is spectacular. It cost less than $2.00.
The Husfliden company has a website, but since my first (and only) language is English, I can’t decipher anything. Well, I’m pretty sure garn means yarn but other than that I’m lost. My brief search also turned up this New York Times article from 1983 (!) about hand-knitting as an industry in Norway. That’s cool.
The person who previously owned this sweater either never wore it or was a knitter herself and knew how to properly care for it. Other than one small stain on the bottom near the ribbing, the sweater is in impeccable condition. It has such a lovely feel; a good hand, if you will. Luck was certainly on my side at the thrift store yesterday.
For now, I have no plans for the sweater other than gazing at it occasionally. It doesn’t fit me and the yarn isn’t salvageable since it has been steeked. Not that I would even consider unraveling this beauty. The buttons are great, but removing them would ruin the integrity of the sweater, right?
The corniest thing: I feel like this sweater has a life ahead of it, and I’m just the keeper until the story unfolds. Told you it was corny.
In the mean time, I’ll keep this baby around for…inspiration? To knit sleeves? Yea, probably not.