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February 2024



Blast From The Past

I’ve been super swamped lately with various work and life things, so instead of posting about what I”m doing now, I’m going to delve a bit into the past.  Why I think that blogging about a past project instead of a current one will have any affect on my general stress level I have no idea, but it’s not a good idea to argue with me right now.

A few years ago, I dated this guy.  To say the relationship was unusual would be, er, understating it.  I’m not going to go into all the details, but he’s the reason that I once knitted Ex-Cursed Ex-Ex-Ex-Boyfriend Socks.

A couple days ago, completely out of the blue, I got a text from this guy, and it reminded me about the first thing I ever knit for him.

Yes, it’s a sweater.  And yes, as soon as I finished it, we broke up.  This wasn’t the first time the Boyfriend Sweater Curse had bitten me, and it wasn’t the last time either, but…there’s a part of me that likes to think that if you’re meant to be with someone, a curse made of yarn and love and warmth can’t possibly break you up.  Or, to put it another way, the Boyfriend Sweater Curse is a way for the Knitting Fates to keep you away from people you shouldn’t end up with.

Or maybe I’m justifying, because I can’t seem to learn my lesson…

But…look!  Flames!

The pattern itself was from one of the Stitch & Bitch books (can’t remember which one, and too rushed to find a link unfortunately – if it really matters let me know and I’ll dig it up for you later) and the sweater was knit in Lion Brand Wool Ease.  Not the best yarn ever, but this was when I was still getting over acrylic.  On the other hand, it looks pretty impressive, what with the intarsia and double-knitting.

Ultimately, it just really wasn’t meant to be when it came to the relationship between me and Flaming Sweater Man, and the fact that the Boyfriend Sweater Curse worked against us proved it.

Some of you might wonder, then, if I feel comfortable with the fact that I’m now knitting a sweater for the man I’m dating (aka The Blanket Thief).  But I’m not worried – I think the Knitting Fates agree with me in thinking that it’s for keeps between me and the Blanket Thief.

I also think I can be forgiven for reveling a bit in the fact that the cARGHdigan is a much more difficult and awesome sweater than the flaming sleeves sweater…right?