Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Avast At Last

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketI started knitting last year's Christmas present for Davis in early October of 2006. Unfortunately, the gift that waited for him under the Christmas tree was a half-finished sweater and an I.O.U. for the rest of it.

Obviously things hadn't gone smoothly between Avast and I, and relations continued to deteriorate through the spring when Davis tried on something that looked like it should have been in an avant-garde knitting pamphlet from the '60s. Not a cool mod-looking garment, more of a what-were-they-thinking homage to astronauts, the result of a collar that jutted up about an inch and a half from his shoulders. It was so funny that I should have taken pictures, but the pain was still too fresh. Davis felt my pain so acutely that he actually tried to convince me that it looked fine and that he'd wear it just as it was (and, yes, he probably would have actually worn it for a while, but only because he's a kind-hearted man who loves me).

Well, after much knitting, frogging, re-knitting, re-frogging and re-knitting some more, I was finally able to give Davis his Christmas present last month. I'm happy to say that I'm kind of pleased with how it turned out.

I learned a lot while knitting this project:
1. While I'm not a fan of seaming, I'm even less fond of lugging around a whole sweater that's knit in one piece.
2. I should always read through a pattern before selecting it, and I should avoid ones that involve picking up a couple hundred stitches several times over.
3. It would behoove me to choose yarn that has a weight that's somewhere near the ballpark of what the pattern calls for. Fortunately, a sweater that's the same density as carpeting comes in handy up here in Maine.


Blogger Julia Pequlia said...

Wow, that looks great! Good things come to those who wait. It looks especially stylish as worn by your anonymous model.

6:52 PM, November 07, 2007  
Blogger Petula Darling said...

Thanks! Davis wasn't particularly enthusiastic about the modeling gig I got him, but he was a very good sport.

5:05 PM, November 10, 2007  
Blogger jungle dream pagoda said...

Oh,your Davis looks so handsome in his fine garment! What an impressive job! Well worth the effort!

11:54 AM, November 12, 2007  
Blogger Gina said...

Avast at last, indeed. It looks as if Davis is rather pleased to by a model, so he must be quite a good sport and a good actor as well. Lovely job!

3:00 AM, November 13, 2007  
Anonymous Margaret said...

We finally see the dashing Davis!
I love the sweater - nicely done!

12:37 AM, November 16, 2007  
Blogger Di said...

Lovely sweater. I especially love the cable on the bottom edge.

S'wonderful that your David loves it.

12:29 AM, December 14, 2007  
Blogger Mary Jane said...

Oh Petula,
It is amazing. It looks perfect, perfectly beautiful and perfect on dear Davis. Erik should be so lucky. ANd that vest I saw last night was fabulous too. You are super-skilled with needle hook and Yarn and YOU are Amazing! and I know Davis knows it too...we had a chat about it!

10:56 PM, December 15, 2007  

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