Wednesday, August 5, 2009

My Mother's Sweater

My Mom has a little wardrobe problem. She has clothes (and wears them) from before I was born. The other problem is that the closets in her four bedroom house are full. With her clothes! So I am always happy to hear when she has put together a little bag to send off to charity (or trash, in the case of the pre-Amybel items). However, on my last visit she lamented a hole in this mohair sweater. Her mother had made it when her older sister was in Junior High School. That dates this sweater at about 50 years! She was so sad to see it go, I gave in a little and said I would see if I could fix it. I'm pretty sure that the hole is just from wear and not moths. Especially since my mother has always kept her wool sweaters in cedar chests (and yes, she has a few of those too, all stuffed!). After further review I decided that fixing wasn't an option since the fashion police might actually lock me away for enabling (pardon the t-shirt).


It's so not me with the pastel colors and all. Well, that and the pink in there :)But I think that maybe someday when she has forgotten about it (ok, when the kids actually let me work on big projects) I'll take it apart and make something useful out of this for her. Not because she needs any more clothes, but because it is a memory of her mother and the gift of knitting she passed down to me.

5 comments:

Nina said...

It actually doesn't look all that bad when worn. :) Maybe give it a (very careful) dyebath? I think that's what I'd try. :)

Alexandra said...

I agree with Nina, it has a really nice shape. I don't like the color either though :) too much pastel?

Amybel said...

I appreciate your kind encouragement...but the sweater really isn't all that nice in person. I'd like to say that I take a good picture, but that isn't the case either! Ha! As kidster #1 would say, "What a conundrum!"

c'est Moi! the tink-n-frog said...

It would be nice if you could figure out something to make for your mum. And your kidster #1 slays me with his saying =)

Amybel said...

Yeah, remember that he's 5!