06 November 2006

who knew my elbows were so sharp?



I've had "put elbow patches on most favorite sweater" on my to-do list forever. I'd noticed that the threads were wearing thin. And after getting it back from the cleaners last week, I pulled it on, my most coziest sweater, to feel a bit of a draft at the elbow. Yes, 'twas too true. My elbow was poking straight through.



But this is a sweater to be saved. Must save it! Must darn it, mend it, patch it, clean it, and meticulously de-fuzz it because it is the sweater most special. Wonderfully warm but not bulky, lovely creamy color, given to me by my auntie. I wear this sweater all winter long.

You knitters out there would probably be horrified by my darning job. (Is that even the right terminology? To darn is to mend a knitted piece?) I just kind of tugged the endy bits of the frayed yarn and tied them together in a knot. Then I covered it with a nice cushy wool patch. Because apparently I've got some mean sharp elbows.

8 comments:

sulu-design said...

The sweater is lovely. I like the cinching in at the waist that keeps it from being too bulky. I'd say you did a beautiful job of patching it up. Nice choice of patch fabric, too.

Marmee said...

That's not you modeling the sweater.
How much did you have to pay your sis to be a model?
Nice job on the patches -- they really go with the sweater's look and feel.

hannah said...

ha! this happens to me all the time, but i have freakishly long elbows. take a look the next time you wear something longsleeve and knit and see if your elbows bag it out. mine do, it sucks.

African Kelli said...

Reusing a great item. I love that you didn't throw it away and go get another one. Wonderful!

sally said...

Love the patches. Love how your mom can tell you is modeling the sweater...so sweet.

erin said...

great patches Julie! Unfortunately I feel like this may happen to my favorite very soon. Now I know what to do!

Jen said...

Never darned a thing in my life, so I say if the knot works, go for it. Love the patches!

Allen said...

I'm in the same horrible boat!! My most favorite sweater- a nice deep dark grey full-zip wool cardigan (with pockets no less) has gotten thin in the elbows. Horrendous!! :( So sad. And the cold weather is coming soon. I'm trying to find a good source for moleskin elbow patches... or just buy some good moleskin... could be any fabric, but I saw a few men's sweaters with moleskin elbow-patches. The trick will be to find a good color, and also to figure out how the heck to sew the thing. I guess I could take it to a tailor...

Any and all thoughts are greatly appreciated- you have no idea how hard it is to find any info on patching things online... let alone elbow patches!!

:) Guess it's a throw-away culture these days. Problem is, I haven't found a suitable replacement for my sweater. I love it to death, and well, it pains me to get rid of it. So, I'll try to get it patched well...

Love the job on yours!