Over Christmas, I got to visit my grandparents in The Great White North (aka, Wisconsin). In between blizzards, I chatted with my grandfather, and we started talking about his mother (my grandmother). She was an amazing woman and an extremely accomplished knitter. She was actually buried with her blue ribbon that she won at the Wisconsin State Fair. Pretty impressive, right?
In the process of our conversation, my grandfather mentioned that his mother made him a sweater when he was younger. He had loved it, but it had somehow gotten lost over the last 50+ years. She had designed it especially for him, in brown and blue, and had put deer on the front and back, since he is an avid deer hunter.
The conversation stuck with me (since I am apparently very sentimental), and the more I thought about it, the more I thought it was sad that the sweater had been lost. It kept bugging me until I decided that I had to try and recreate the lost sweater.
I don’t have a photograph of the original sweater, but I knew that it was a sweater made for my grandpa in the fifties (or so). I imagined it would have been a sort of traditional Norwegian ski sweater, the kind that you see on vintage postcards from Colorado. And, I knew that it was blue and brown.
I’m sure it’s not an exact replica, but I think it turned out pretty well. My grandpa loves it, and that’s what matters. I hope I did my great-grandmother proud.