My mother was a very good knitter. I can remember her knitting cardigans, sweaters, gloves and all types of baby clothes. She knitted me a dark green, zipped sweater with a large collar that was a favourite when I was in my late teens. Ten years older when I was living away from home she knitted two identical pale blue sweaters, one for me and one for a girlfriend at the time. They came in handy for keeping us warm when we raced along Devon lanes in my three-wheeled Morgan sports car.
Later, I met the woman who was to become my wife, and I discovered that she could knit. Indeed, she was, and is a very accomplished knitter. Unknown to me in recent weeks, running up to Christmas, she knitted a lovely sweater as a present for me. It was to go with a waterproof shooting jacket she had bought. The great thing about the sweater was that she made it specifically for me – a token of her love and care. What more could a man want than such a loving wife?
I’ve subsequently learnt that the sweater was knitted to a Sirdar pattern (No 9602) requiring Big Softie yarn which is composed of 51% wool and 49% acrylic. It feels soft like wool, and it has a similar smell. I love the oily smell of this natural fibre taken from sheep which is a very effective insulator against the cold. A sweater made from it can repel light rain and let the skin breathe, a bit like man-made Gore-Tex, but without multi-layers.
When I accompany my wife to the local wool shop I am patient with her. She takes her time examining and feeling yarns for different projects. Just now she is knitting a maroon sweater for herself.
Sirdar Mens Sweater 9602
Yarns Fashion Big Softie