Saturday, January 23, 2010

A handknitted vintage cardigan

A while ago I knit this sweater from a vintage pattern I found in my mother’s fabulous stash of patterns. It’s made from Rowan’s (now discontinued,) “Lurex Shimmer.” The yarn has a soft, lovely hand feel, and the copper color is particularly pretty. Lately I am wearing it with old, worn jeans and am searching for the pattern as I want to knit it again, this time in a super fine, pale pink, merino wool.
My mom, by the way, is an incredible knitter. I have many sweaters, ski sweaters, vests, hats, and various pullovers, that she has made for me over the years. Each stitch is beautifully, evenly formed with great skill. One of my favorite things to do is to browse through her pile of knitting patterns and books, of which she has gathered a personal and richly diverse collection. I know each one by heart, and they all have associations and memories. It’s similar to searching through a button box, and not unlike the intimate pleasure, of being with one’s own memories when one looks through a family photo album. Now, back to searching for that misplaced cardigan pattern!

4 comments:

Kelley said...

It's a lovely sweater! Can't wait to see the pink version. Have a great week!

Nancy said...

Thank you for visiting and your sweet comment! Happy knitting!

Laurie K said...

stunning sweater. I can just see you in it with a pair of vintage jeans. The look: very Nancy Minsky.

Nancy said...

Hey, hi there master knitter! Thanks for dropping by.