Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Inspiration in Unlikely Places

One can find inspiration in surprising places. For example, when putting something away in Mr A's wardrobe yesterday, I found this sleeveless pullover.

I knitted this for Mr A while on maternity leave in the winter of 1982. I had wanted to knit something for him for some time, and this certainly filled those last few weeks of pregnancy.

I've been looking at some fabulous colourwork on blogs and on Ravelry recently and have thought "I could never do that" but it seems after all that perhaps I could! I have sock club socks to knit first, but watch this space...........!

Looking at it today, I find it hard to imagine that I knitted this. But I did. And in reality it perhaps isn't as hard as it looks - there are only ever two colours in use at any given time.....

.........and I appear to have stranded the yarn across perfectly well.
I am a little too fond of saying " I couldn't/can't do that" these days! One of my knitterly resolutions this year was to learn something new. Perhaps will also relearn something I once knew very well. This chance find has inspired me to better things - provisional crochet cast on here I come!


And finally, a modelled shot! Please excuse the pre-eclamptic facial puffiness that is still evident, DS was hours old here, and 11lb was one big baby! I think Mr A looks very fetching ;-)





7 comments:

RooKnits said...

Oh, what a completely wonderful pullover... I love it!
You need to replace "I can't" with "I can!"

Good luck with the crochet cast on! I need to start my socktopus socks too.

Justine said...

Joy, that's a fantastic vest! And you've done a beautiful job knitting it up. My husband has been on at me to knit him something very much along those lines - I'm going to show him this...

dreamcatcher said...

What a lovely tank top/vest, super colourwork :-) And Mr A looks great in it too, it should definitely see the light of day!

beanz said...

That's lovely.

And the pic looks SO like one of MrBeanz and me in 1982 with our 10.5 lb first!

franney said...

What a wonderful tank top Joy, you see, you CAN do it! I am very fond of saying "i can't" too, but i am trying to say "i can try" now instead ;o)

That is a wonderful photo by the way, i can feel the emotion and love pouring off it x

Ruthcrafts said...

That is a stunning piece of colourwork! You most definitely can, and I'm looking forward to seeing what you're inspired to make :)

Anni said...

You can certainly do stranded colourwork okay. It'd say that's rather brilliant and if you could do it then you can do it now.Lovely pic of the 3 of you.