Where are they now? The lives of handknits…

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That’s the topic for Day 4 of the second annual Knitting and Crochet Blog Week. The question sent me to my Ravelry projects page, and strangely enough, I know where most of those items are. I seem to knit mostly for me or for family, and things stay in house. Or I knit as a design project, and then I usually keep it. But occasionally things get away.

I loved this sweater that I knit for myself, Aguave by Katharine Hunt, from Knitter’s magazine Summer 2005. It was gorgeous in mercerized cotton (and not as bottom heavy as it looks from this angle). I wore it a few times, but I realized that it was way too big for me. I was swimming in fabric! Even the shoulders were too wide, so I tried stabilizing them with fabric seam binding. Nope, still swimming. I’ve since realized that most knits look better on me with either zero or negative ease. I’m not completely averse to frogging an entire sweater (been there, done that), but it was so lovely, and my friend Anna thought so, too. So I gave it to her! I just emailed her to ask if she still wears it…

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Here’s one of the oldest knitted things I have.

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I knit Gromit in 1996. The pattern is by Alan Dart, and was published in the magazine Woman’s Weekly in the UK. I was on the KnitList (still am), and someone offered to send me the pattern. (Thanks, Norma! I still think of you fondly.) Two other knitting mom friends also knit Gromit at the same time, and while they all looked like Gromit, they were all completely different from each other! Our little guys loved them. Before you ask, I’m sorry to say that I don’t have the pattern any more. But Gromit still sits on my piano, where I see him every day.

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17 responses to “Where are they now? The lives of handknits…

  1. Oh, I love your Gromit! He’s so cute :)

  2. Your sweater is so lovely!

  3. Love Gromit – I found patterns in Womens Weekly a few months back while at the hospital with a friend, never knew they did patterns!
    Also the sweater is fab.

  4. oh gromit is too precious!

  5. Gromit just makes me smile every time I see him!

    P.S. How was your U.C.F. visit?

  6. Gorgeous sweater. I’m sorry it didn’t fit you, but lovely to give it to a friend.
    Dropping in from Knitting and Crocheting Blog week. Our link is http://blog.mymummyknits.com/where-are-they-now/

  7. Oh my goodness…that Gromit is simply the most adorable thing you could possibly have sitting around… I’m going to have to get myself on someone’s pattern donation list… :)

  8. Gromit is great! Such character in that face. He needs his knitting tho’!!

  9. Gromit is so awesome. I saw the episode where he was knitting. Nice that you got to pass that lovely sweater on to someone who’ll appreciate and make use of it.

  10. I love Alan Dart’s patterns. They look amazing when they are finished, but they are a sod to knit, all those fiddly little bits! Your Gromit is gorgeous and I fear if I had the pattern, I would succumb to it’s charms and knit it despite myself.

  11. oh my first question was going to be where can I get the Grommit pattern! Sigh. I’d love to make him.

  12. Your Gromit is so cute, I love the expression on his face. I’m glad you get to see him every day!

  13. Adorable! I want a little Gromit! Toys are such fun to knit, they add whimsy to our art.

  14. Beautiful sweater…perhaps with different yarn that has “gives”? I still have my four sweaters I designed and knitted–three I still wear from time to time…one is in question just because it was created while I lived in the bay area–too breezy for the climate here and too wild for the conservatives all around me LOL

    I have always love your Gromit…very lively, realistic, and charming. Glad you get to enjoy him every day.

  15. The sweater is beautiful! Too bad it was too big, but glad to hear it found a home!

  16. Women’s Weekly has been publishing knitting patterns for years. I still have the first one I ever knitted. It’s a small teddy bear pattern.

  17. Forgot to mention, that was nearly 40 years ago!!