Sunday 13 June 2010

The Mamasita Sweater



I haven't done much knitting lately but my Amazing Talented Wonderful Mamasita (Mamasita, for short) spent the better part of the past year working on this sweater for me.







I watched her knit it during countless iChats. I heard stories about knitting and frogging and re-knitting. My sister modeled it for size. They both told me how incredibly soft and luscious the yarn felt (they were right). In the end, she brought it to New York - mostly pieced together but waiting for the last adjustments.

'Are the sleeves the right length?' - Yes, they're perfect!

'What about the collar?' - Just a bit higher and tighter. There, that's the spot.

'Snaps! We need snaps.' We took the family on a mad dash through the garment district to find snaps.

'How about the buttons? I bought three - is one enough?' One looks fine to me.

'Gah! A dropped stitch! It's all going to unravel! How did I let that happen?' - It's fine. We can weave it back in.

She gallantly stayed up past midnight every night sewing in the ends and attaching the snaps while the rest of us fell asleep around her in the hotel, so that I could bring it back to London as a finished product.


It is so overwhelming beautifully - perfectly - unique that I will always wear it with pride. It's the next best thing to having Mamasita hugging me all day. And that's worth more than I can say.

Love you, Mamasita. Thank you so much for my sweater!

Details: The yarn is Louisa Harding Kashmir Aran in Dark Teal. The pattern is an amended version of Debbie Bliss' Silver Belle in Vogue Knitting's 25th Anniversary Issue (Fall 2007).

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