Your yarn was bought on-line last year, at a great bargain, with another pattern in mind. It sat and sat and sat in the stash, because I wasn't sure I could really knit a wearable sweater.
Then, in January, things started to get bad. I was yearning for a simple knit. Something stockinette, something in the round. I remembered a pattern I had picked up over a year ago (#9726), at a LYS sale. It was the perfect match, and you were finally begun.
I knit on you when I was too upset to concentrate on anything. I knit through worried tears while Charlie was sick. And I knit through tons of sorrowful tears when Charlie was gone. Then, the weather started to get warm, and I put you aside.
But one day, I decided the time had come to get you finished. I did enjoy the knitting, the simple stockinette, round and round, soothing and mindless. I tried you on often, and wasn't sure you'd fit. (After all, I did a big no-no and cast you on without even knitting a gauge swatch.) But I forged ahead, even in humid weather not conducive to knitting wool.
At long last, you were off the needles. I ignored you for a while, then finally worked up the courage to block you. I left you alone for the several days it took you to dry. And then, I tried you on.
BLISS . . . . PURE BLISS!!! Blocking worked it's magic, and you are soft and snuggly. You are no longer too tight - you have the loose boxy fit I was hoping for in a sweater planned for lounging around a cold house this winter. To my surprise, I think I might even wear you out - your soft heathery gray will be a perfect casual compliment to a nice pair of jeans on the weekends.
I apologize, dear sweater, for ever doubting you. I apologize for the crappy pictures with this letter, as they are not worthy of your gorgeousness. You are much more flattering than these shlumpy pictures, taken on a rainy day, suggest. Thank you for the pleasure of knitting you, dear Comfort Sweater. Thank you for helping me though some hard times.
And thank you for boosting my sweater knitting confidence so much that I've already cast on a lady friend for you.
Love and Kisses,
Mostly Self-Taught Knitter
Monday, August 11, 2008