12.10.2009

What the hell do you do with this...

when you're really trying to be good about getting rid of stuff? It's the first and only sweater I've knit. It was a summer-long saga that taught me so many knitting skills. It reminds me of my Long Island City, Queens knitting group. Which is all to say that I'm kind of attached to it. But it's purple. It's hot pink. And it's acrylic. And yeah, there's that huge skull and crossbones thing on the arm. I am not a purple girl, nor am I a pink girl, nor am I into acrylic yarn or skulls and crossbones. What the heck was I thinking when I knit this? Actually, I remember thinking, "Hey, the yarn is a dollar a skein. I can buy a lot without investing too much, learn how to knit a sweater, and I'll figure out intarsia to boot." And now I've got an ugly sweater dilemma on my hands.

19 comments:

Elise said...

Well, it is the season of gift giving. Certainly you must know someone who would like this.

lealou said...

I would just wear it around the house and have something else close by to cover up quickly if someone comes over ;) It looks really cozy! ha!

Artsy Momma said...

Elise took the words right out of my mouth! *smile*

Cheryl Arkison said...

Well, I was planning on putting a skull and cross-bones on Smilosaurus/Death Wish's stocking... Yes, I am serious.

LeeAnn said...

Hahahahaha! Maybe we should all post pics of our 'firsts'! Hold a give-a-way here on your blog. Someone in this whole wide blog world would love it to death.

Mariss said...

1. Cut the sleeves off, add some elastic ribbing to them and you've got some legwarmers for when your home is cold.

2. Cut off the intarsia spot and create some art to frame.

3. Give it to someone who would love it. Maybe a kid you know?!

4. Salvation Army. Someone will treasure it and say, "Who the heck would give this up?!"

5. Blog giveaway!

Mariss said...

6. Cut the sleeves off, stuff those suckers = instant pillows for a cool young lady.

Shona~ LALA dex press said...

Mariss was reading my mind, Blog giveaway!

Mom said...

Mari would love it I am sure! Her favorite colors! But you could knit patches to put over the skull and cross bones???

amy @ switz~art said...

do a blog giveaway! i wanna win it! i actually dig it!!!

My Love is..... said...

I love this post!! So funny!! And the comments are hilarious! I was going to say felt it and turn it into 1000 other useful things but i s'pose acrylic wont felt.....

Chickenbells said...

I think it's lovely...maybe it's time to host a give-away??

tarabu said...

I have $2.37 in my PayPal account - maybe we can chip in (us purple skully girls) and time share it?

laundrygirl said...

Hmmm...

abby try again said...

I WANT IT!
also
what the hell?

OfTroy said...

its a part of your life

remember why you wanted to knit it?
you said, to put yourself into learning mode, and learn something hard.

It is your primer book.

Its evidence you can knit..
(its like childrens art work.. a right of passage..

but its time to go.

Out with it.

you have in you, all what about the sweater.
You can knit
you can take on big projects, and finish them
you can learn new skills
you have friends from the experience

you don't need the actual knitting.
take some photo's.. (frame one maybe.

and the sweater? let it move onto its new place in the world..

YOU've moved on, too.

mia said...

oh Helen I do miss you.

I think framing the arm bit is a neat idea even though I know it doesn't go with your apartment so much.

mjb said...

That legwarmer idea is so hilarious. It is hard to get rid of the first project...but if you're not gonna wear it you're not gonna wear it.

dash said...

are you serious? that sweater rocks- I would wear it in a minute.