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December 18th


Remember this sweater my grandmother gave me back in May? After knitting for some 70 years, she retired her needles and gave me her stash. Within the bags and bags of yarn and the such, I found a sweater in pieces, nearly complete. I’m not sure why she never finished it, but she remembered she started it in 1980. She also mentioned that she’d love to finish it “one day.”

Ha ha I finished you

I put it on my list of Christmas projects and what do you know, but I actually finished this sucker! In all fairness (or as they are now saying on NPR in every other story — “In full disclosure…”), my mom helped me quite a bit. I couldn’t figure out how to cast on for the turtle neck and join the front and back sections of the sweater. She got it started, and I finished it.

grammie sweater done

Granted, one shoulder is totally wonky, but it works. I’m giving it to her tomorrow and I’ll be sure to take photos. I am not sure why I am so proud of this project, but I really cannot wait to give it to her. Isn’t it ugly? And the yarn? Acrylic and totally scratchy. Regardless, I know I’m going to make my British knitting grannie happy. And itchy.


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16 Responses

  1. Great job finishing the fugly sweater! That’s such a sweet gesture to your grandmother.

    Now the question is, how’s the begonia? šŸ™‚

  2. Well, everything in life works in circle, so it’s fait this will end back to your grannie! And I’m sure she will wear it, even if it’s scratchy.

  3. I know your grandmother is going to be so thrilled to see this completed project. You’ve done such a sweet thing for her.

  4. Yay! I’m so happy you finished it! Can’t wait to hear her reaction.

  5. I’m TOTALLY impressed!

  6. Wow, that thing is wicked ugly – and I love it! It’s a generational project! I bet my grandma has some of these WIPs in her closet somewhere.

    Great job, Donk.

  7. That is really what matters. That Grandma likes it.

  8. That’s fantastic Kelli!! I’m so glad you finished it for her…I know she’ll love it šŸ™‚

  9. How cool is it that 3 generations of your family worked on the same project?!

  10. so sweet of you to finish it for her! šŸ™‚

  11. She’ll be the most retro grandmother there is.

    And the happiest/proudest…

    You’re a good grandkid…

  12. Great job finishing the jumper. I think I wore something similar back in 1980 – I was 10, and pretty sure I didn’t pick it myself!

  13. Wow, well done Kelli! I think I wore one like that in the 1980s too, knitted by my mum.

    It’s rather … startling … or as my grandfather told me to say when I had nothing good to say (about babies, but it could apply to sweaters) – ‘Wow! What a sweater!’ For babies, one says ‘Wow, what a baby!’ LOL

    I think your gran will be so pleased to see it all completed šŸ™‚

  14. Niiiice. I’m sure your grandmother will be excited about the sweater!

  15. wow! what a great project. and i can’t wait to see photos of when you present it to your grandma. gosh, i don’t look forward to the day when i have to retire my knitting needles!

  16. What a wonderful story of love for crafting and giving from different generations! thanks for sharing this touching sweater.