Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Confession

is they say good for the soul and while I can try to hide I know my sins will always find me out. When you choose to put things into the public arena then you have to expect there to be some kind of accountability. Thus it is with me. I asked about the supposed "sweater boyfriend curse". I explained my cunning plan to devise a way of thwarting any such possibility, but curses are not so easily fooled I have discovered. I decided as you might know to knit a sleeveless hoodie, as surely the lack of sleeves made it safe. It was safe. Very safe. After hours of knitting and even more hours of sewing up especially sewing up the pesky hood, and a lot of cursing and tweaking with the zipper to be ready just in time for cute neighbour guy's birthday, disaster struck. I was gutted. I didn't see it coming and I still can't explain what went wrong. No we didn't split up. The sleeveless hoodie zipper thing was too small. How bad did I feel, definitely smaller than Tom Thumb. I would have liked to take the offending article and crawl away to my lonely rock somewhere while I tried to work out where exactly I'd made a mistake. I measured him, I checked my tension, I knitted the correct size. But it fits me, not him. The curse clearly outwitted me.



But all is not lost, being the wonderful cute guy he is, he has very sweetly allowed my transgression to be left to gather dust, unspoken of, until today when he shows me a picture in a magazine of a guy wearing a V neck slip on vest and says, "You could knit me one of those couldn't you. You could use the yarn from the other thing to save it going to waste"



I was speechless. Not only does he still want me to knit him something, but he totally understood the concept of frogging. Not that I have any intention of frogging it. I like it far too much for that. It could have been made for me don't you think?
So I am set to cast on for the slip on vest after all I no longer have any fear of a curse. This cute guy likes my knitting even when it goes wrong, he suggests frogging and is ready to ask for more. How can we not be meant for each other?

Any good confession also has some atonement and I have already made amends for my sin. I knitted a pair, yes a pair of socks. I am so pleased with myself. It's the first pair ever off my needles.



They are knitted in Patons dreamtime 4ply which is 100% wool but very soft and cuddly. The beads were put on using a 0.75mm crochet hook rather than threading them on prior to knitting. I thought it would be quicker that was as I am way too impatient to spend time on threading. It wasn't quicker but I did enjoy the level of concentration required, thus the reason why two socks were created. Next time though I'm not using such a light colour.

13 comments:

At Home Mommy Knits said...

That hoodie does indeed seem made for you! You seem to have found a great guy to spend time with and I'm very happy for you :) When do you cast on for the vest?

Elizabeth said...

Too bad about the hoodie! I love the yarn you used. Did he like the design, though?
Go girl. your first pair of socks! And beaded too. I must admit my first thought when I saw that photo was, "Is she sitting on the table?"

Channon said...

I think the hoodie is darling. Now, get to knitting that vest!

Those socks are just the cutest things ever!

Thimbleanna said...

Hey -- you might have a new wardrobe if you continue to knit for boyfriend LOL! Sorry it didn't fit, but it was a good test, yes? I always say it's best to find out the character of someone when things are going wrong, not when they're going right. And you knit all those beautiful articles and you've never made socks? Unbelievable -- they're beautiful!

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

Thanks for the amusing read, Ally. Here's my amatuer hour take... I think maybe you were subconsciously afraid the curse would prevail and so you unconsciously knit it to fit you! Now, I think you are safe, so knit on and make one for him too :)

Love the cute socks.

Renee said...

The hoodie is great! Looks wonderful on you. Socks are adorable too.

Could be the fates knew he'd enjoy a vest anyway?

Happy knitting!

sheepish one said...

get to knitting! lots of potential here, both in the wardrobe and relationship fronts!

Willow said...

What a great guy! He redeemed your desire to make something for him.

Oh, and the tat...you're a brave girl. I've 'said' I wanted a tat for a long time, but now I realize I just want to SAY I want one.

rhubarbwhine said...

It looks pretty darn cute on you, you know... :)

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

The sleeveless hoodie looks perfect on you Allie! Your cute neighbour guy is sounding better with each and every post - glad he appreciates your knitting.

Jane said...

No there's no jinx its just a practise run and the hoodie looks great. Your cute guy sounds brilliant, i hope he likes the vest when you get it knitted. Love the socks. Jane x

Linda said...

That hoodie is great on you! Get new yarn for the vest!

louise said...

I like those socks! I couldn't contemplate unraveling the hoodie. Anyway it suits you. Get more wool of the same for the vest. His 'n her matching outfits, and all that! x