Our heroes knit.
The boyfriend sweater curse.
That ‘boyfriend sweater curse’ is worth reading just for the description of the heirloom silk shawl! “…a lace-knotted promise to myself that I will keep for my entire life and gift to my favorite granddaughter when I die…”
I haven’t made a boyfriend sweater, but I did make both a boyfriend scarf (knit out of 100% alpaca yarn that was black as sin at his request… OMG that scarf was a beast) and boyfriend socks (different boyfriend) and those helped me to decide that knitting for others was best done as the result and not the intent. I don’t knit things I don’t enjoy knitting anymore. It’s just not worth it.
(I love the description of everything in the boyfriend sweater curse link, though. It’s all so perfect.)
I saw the boyfriend sweater happen to someone else in college. The article is absolutely true – he wasn’t worth it (and his chosen color for the sweater was ugly, too).
I made a sock for a boyfriend, and he was snitty and wouldn’t try it on for fit, so I used the rest of the yarn for a pair of socks for myself and he ended up losing a leg.
(okay narrative NOT quite so neat as that in real life, but the evil demon on my left shoulder says yeah dude, this is what you get.)
(Actually, I think I had made both socks and really they pretty much sucked[early attempt] but yeah, he wouldn’t try them on because of no good reason whatsoever, so I took them back and eventually ripped them back and made my own socks – and then he lost his leg. Diabetes that he mostly ignored.)
I wish someone would write up that “elvish twists and leafy lace” pattern, or at least point me to it. I certainly would buy it.
Maybe we could do a KAL.
Nice to see a doctor joining us. we had very smart doctor who only did graveyard shift and she could knit a baby sweater in n o time!
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