Thursday, June 23, 2011

Blast from the past

When my mum moved I helped her go through her wardrobe and weed out the things she doesn't wear any more.  One item in that category:

A knit by me from my university years, of which I was sufficiently proud to sew in a 'Specially hand made by Mary' label.

Mum was very sweet and insisted she's always liked this piece in spite of its never having flattered her figure - hello, obvious - while conceding that it could go.  I remember scoring this yarn at a discount at the Canadian 1980s equivalent of JoAnns and being very excited because it had some mohair in it.  I think I also liked the colours, not thinking ahead to the effect of horizontal stripes on a cropped vest.

Well, off it goes from my house now.  Which is to say it's in a bag in my car to go off to Goodwill. 

Or maybe... should I frog it? 

Should I felt it?  

Should I offer it to Trish to frog, since she hunts for froggable things at Goodwill and might actually end up paying for this vest? Won't it be a nightmare to frog with all that mohair grabbing at itself?  It would be insanely thick if I felt it, assuming there is even enough wool and mohair in there to work.

I think it just needs to go to Goodwill.  But maybe I'll talk to Trish first.


Brendaknits said...

Frog it for sure. Yarn shopping without a wallet - great.

Jean Ashley said...

If you don't want to frog it yourself, you could talk to the proprietor of Phoenix Yarns. She has a sweater unravelling service listed on Etsy if you're interested.

Mary Keenan said...

Thanks for the heads-up, Jean! I showed the vest to Trish, the queen of unraveling, and she liked it so that one's all set, but I'll remember Phoenix if this situation comes up again.

Lorraine said...

Hello fellow knitter here ...would like that pattern...Lorraine

Mary Keenan said...

Oh Lorraine, I wish I could help you out!! That pattern must have been lost 6 house-moves back, and I couldn't even guess where I got it, though it's possible it was a Patons one.