Blog readers who have been with me since the beginning might remember that back in August of 2005, I cast on a black sweater for me. It was the third such attempt in my lifetime. The sweater pattern was a child's pattern that I had knit for Neatnik and loved and tried to up-size to fit me.
It might have worked if I had remembered that the gauge swatch was in Stockinette stitch and not the pattern stitch. If I had remembered that teeny, tiny, minor fact, I might have calculated the correct number of stitches and not have knit an extra small sweater. The silver lining in that particular cloud was that (1) I entered the Black Sheep Sweater in a Harvest Home Festival in September of that year and won a second place ribbon and (2) I gave the sweater away as a Christmas gift - for a 12 year old.
Bad lighting - sweater really was black
It was well over a year before I considered casting on another black sweater for me. I bought some lovely soft black yarn and a pattern. There should have been plenty of yarn because I bought more than the pattern required. Or so I thought. It seems that that pattern had a typographical error in it and I did not have nearly enough yarn to knit the sweater. Grr.
Not to worry. I could still knit a black sweater vest. I had the yarn and I had a pattern. In fact, I had more than enough yarn.
Sure there were some problems along the way, but I loved the soft, drapey yarn and I persevered and I put up with letter after letter from the work in progress and eventually, I had a completed black sweater vest. That I knit. Just for me. The infamous Curse of the Black Sweater was broken.
Now, I know what you are all thinking. "Why on earth is trek dredging up all of this old news? Is she that hard up for blog fodder this weekend?"
No, blog fodder isn't quite that thin on the ground that I am revisiting old news just to distract you. You see, we have a problem with the black sweater vest.
Back in February, when the vest came off the needles, it was on the loose and relaxed side but it fit me. Now it does not. trek seems to have lost a Neatnik equivalent in weight this year and the black sweater vest is too big for me.
I outright refuse to frog this fine knitted garment.
Are you a knitter who could use a pitch black sweater vest? Would you swoon over a soft, silky, handknit wool/silk/alpaca garment? Do you wear a women's size large/extra-large?
If the answer to all of these questions is "yes", please leave me a comment. I will pick a name in a week or so and then I shall say good-bye to the black sweater vest and send it on its way to a new home.
Maybe I shall knit myself a black sweater again.