Last week, Manfriend asked me to make him a sweater like one he saw downtown in a shop window. I was curious to see what caught his eye. We drove down on Sunday, thinking I could see through the window without being too obvious, but they were open. We went in and took a closer look. I asked him what it was that he liked. He said the colour. From outside it just looked like your average, dark coloured, plain ole pullover.
Closer inspection revealed it was a very plain
pullover with a set-in sleeve and the yarn was a tweedy-looking navy-ish with
bits of gold, plum and maybe a bit of teal.
I told him to try it on although I
had my doubts as to the sizing. XL was the biggest size in this store, and I
was fairly certain it would be too snug for his liking (or mine ;)). He did try
on a bomber-style jacket that fit like a glove and declined to try the sweater.
Back home, I went on-line and found the store sweater described as ‘heavy knitted sweater, regular fit, knit in
an acrylic/wool blend (90/10 – whoop-de-do!) multi-coloured slub yarn finished
off with a rolled hem and neck opening’ and was $119 (Canadian).
I switched to my favourite handknitting yarn source, loveknitting.com.
I found out they were calling this month “Socktober” which I thought was very
cute. I found a DK weight tweedy something from Berroco, showed him the colourways, he chose
one and I placed the order. Later he asked how much it was, and I said $104 US,
but I got free shipping (so added several skeins of sock yarn). He said wait,
if it cost that much and you still have to work to make it, I should just go
and buy the one in the store. Patiently, I explained this yarn was far superior
to what the ready-made thing was and with my expertise he would get a priceless
garment! Stay tuned! LK150 project!
Have a great weekend! Happy Thanksgiving!