A sad day for the sweater.

Something sad happened this morning.

I was getting ready for work, and decided, since it was one of those cold sunny spring days, that it may be the last opportunity to wear my Cascade Yoke sweater this season.  I hadn’t worn it since mid-January, and it had been sitting, patiently, on a closet shelf ever since.

I pulled it on, and immediately sensed it.

It’s too big.

I knew it was going to happen.  I knit the sweater in late September of 2007.  Since then, I’ve lost a little over 50 pounds.

My body doesn’t change shape rapidly when I lose weight.  It just happens one morning, when I pull on a pair of pants, and all of a sudden realize that I didn’t need to unbotton the fly to get them on.  Or I put on a button up shirt that I always have to wear a camisole under, because the bottom few buttons don’t close, and realize that I’ve buttoned it all the way.  It’s always a surprise, and usually a pleasant one (other than the pants – I desperately need new pants).

But the sweater – well, the sweater was sad.

I had measured myself and custom designed it for my body.  There were short rows along the bust line, and waist shaping.  Now, the bottom flares out, obviously too big for my hips and belly.  The short rows bunch under my arms.

The shaping, which made it such an elegant, well-fitting sweater in October, excludes it from becoming a comfy, over sized sweater, as the fabric falls in odd places on my body.

I mean, that didn’t stop me from wearing it today.  But this may be the last time.

I’ve been on a not well-enforced sweater moratorium since September.  I didn’t really follow it.  I did try not to make large yarn purchases intended for sweaters, as I knew I was losing weight and didn’t want to be sad when I couldn’t wear them.

But now I guess I’ll enforce it.  No more sweaters knit for myself until September 2008.  I figure by then I’ll have reached a very doable goal for myself – or at least be so chomping at the bit to start knitting garments again that I won’t be able to stop myself.

It’s still a sad day for me – this sweater was easily the most wearable sweater I’ve ever knit.  Elegant, comfortable, and well-fitting.  Well, I guess I’ll fold it up carefully and put it in the closet for now.

I guess this just means I have to knit more lace.  Oh, well.

Yarn suggestions please!  I have 300 yards of Manos Silk Blend – it’s a DK weight in those lovely Manos colors.  I’ve been swatching and trying endlessly to figure out what it will be, but all of the patterns seem to 150 yards of yarn or 500.  What can I make with only 300 yards?  I’m trying to see how long I can go without buying yarn…

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6 Responses

  1. Aww..it’s one of those bittersweet moments. Maybe you can gift it to someone who would love it?

    I’ve no idea what to do with the Manos. Good luck!

  2. What a good reason to stop wearing a sweater. I am going through the same kind of thing as pants (it’s always pants) that once fit are now too big. I hate shopping for pants.

  3. YEAH on the 50lb loss!!!!! wow. So happy for you.

  4. Sorry about the sweater. Darnit. I agree though – it’s always the pants. So congrats on your loss! (Teehee that’s a funny thing to say.)

  5. That is so sad!! But happy at the same time!

  6. CONGRATS ON the weight loss! That is awesome!
    What about a shrug for the time being. I am obsessed with making them right now and no matter what size you are they will always fit.
    Let me know if you are interested I can email you this great pattern booklet from a few years ago in a knit mag.

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