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17/30 Beloved Project Ruined

30 Day Knitting Challenge Day 17: Have you ever had a project that you loved become ruined? What’s the story behind it?

Hoo boy; it’s been a while and I still mourn this loss, even though I made lemonade out of lemons.

In late 2005, I splurged on the yarn for my third sweater, Kristin Nichol’s Aran Pullover from the Winter 2005 issue of Interweave Knits. This was my first or second issue of Interweave (I had subscribed to Vogue Knitting around the same time) and I was super excited about this sweater – it was love at first sight. I loved it so much that I decided to splurge on the yarn, making my most expensive purchase to date: Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran Tweed. I chose color 116 Ivy: deep forest greens with flecks of red and yellow. I’d never worked with yarn so soft.

The pattern was great, the yarn was great, the finished sweater was great. This was pre-Ravelry and before I took advantage of the website that came bundled with my email service (I paid for my email so I’d have privacy, no ads, shell access, and could use Pine, a text-based email program), so I don’t have pictures of the finished sweater.

The sweater and I lived happily ever after for two years, until one fateful day when my husband decided to “help” me and do laundry. At the time, I was doing laundry for 5, including a toddler, and an 8 and 9 year old, so he really was genuinely trying to help. I had tossed the sweater into the basket with the other dirty laundry knowing that I would be the one to do the wash. But I wasn’t. And my husband didn’t realize that the sweater couldn’t go through the washer and dryer.

It was tragic.

I held onto the felted sweater for a year before deciding to repurpose it around Christmas time; I made 3 Christmas trees out of it with some vintage beads that were very sentimental (my great grandmother gave to my mother, who gave them to me) and that I’d been saving for a special project since I was a little girl. I still get a little thrill when I pull them out at Christmas; they are very special to me.

Xmas Tree Trio
The felt Christmas tree trio
Cabled Xmas Tree
Cabled portion of the sweater front. Seed beads from my bead stash. Topper is vintage bracelet pieces and vintage glass square bead.
Xmas Tree: Short Spiral
Ribbed portion of sweater; beads are strung on wire and attached loosely to the back at intervals. Topper is tube beads & silver beads.
My Favorite of the Xmas Tree Trio
Vintage beads mixed with seed beads that are hard to see. I’ve had most of these beads since I was a kid; they are my grandmothers’ and great grandmothers’. This tree gave me a chance to actually look at and display all of them and was the first one of the three that I made. My favorite!


12 responses to “17/30 Beloved Project Ruined”

  1. PaperPuff Avatar

    The trees are pretty darn cool though!

    1. Thank you! Every Christmas I think about finding a place to keep them out year-round; maybe this year will be the year since we’ve done some rearranging.

  2. Oh no! I have to be extremely careful what I actually put in the laundry basket too. My hubby will occasionally (like every four years or so) by doing laundry. What a creative use of the aftermath though. The trees are gorgeous!

    1. I hit post comment too soon! I meant to say he surprises me 🙂

    2. Thanks, Paula! Surprise clean laundry is a double edged sword when you make things with wool!

  3. I’d say your hubby owes you a trip to the yarn store! 😉

    1. He did make up for it the following year; he went to an LYS and picked out yarn for 3 projects (including Debbie Bliss yarns for 2 sweaters & 3 skeins of Plymouth Earth Eco Baby Camel), the pattern books, and a set of Addi Clicks, which had just come out. He made amends, and I made him mitts with the leftover Jo Sharp yarn to remind him. (It didn’t help; he felted another sweater in 2014, again with the best intentions.)

      1. Hmm, well I think maybe those Addis might make it a little easier to let him off the hook! 🙂

  4. All I can say is I’m amazed you’re still married! lol I would have threatened death and dismemberment. And to actually repurpose, you are one resilient soul.

    1. Truthfully, it was also a good excuse to buy another sweater-quantity of nice(r) yarn. And I do still point to it whenever he complains about how much I’ve spent … I may have a problem with holding grudges, lol.

      1. Hahaha, good point. 😂😂😂

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