Life Before the Cure - sweater done (and finally photographed!)

I finished this sweater in May but I'm just getting around to taking photos of it. Here's what I wrote on my website about the process:

This was a collaborative project with Los Angeles Based artist Lisa Anne Auerbach. After discovering her work online through her website,, I began to talk with her through email and we quickly became friends. She was gracious enough to invite me to her studio where she showed me how she makes her amazing sweaters... I was in awe at the design and talent, but also the process. Generously, she offered a workshop through The Public School, where around a dozen artists met to learn how to develop a viable design for our own sweaters. Mine is based on the idea that once a cure exists (to disease, famine, whatever) it's easy to forget the struggle prior to that realization. I wanted to make a sweater in honor of those I know who fought (either winning or losing) battles with Cancer, among other fights, that would hint to the idea that one day we'll find a cure to the plight and the fight will be over. Lisa was amazing to help me with my sweater, and the experience is one that taught me much more than I can begin to know at this moment.

After Jason's passing, I realized I should be sharing the thoughts behind the sweater with everyone, so today I took photos and did my best to show the front and back... I'm entertaining the idea of writing the pattern to handknit the sweater - if anyone's interested.


albert's picture

The sweater is fantastic!- the thought of trying to knit it makes me want to have my brain freeze-dried and put into storage.

This is amazing!

purlyman's picture

Wow... what and amazing sweater. I'm in awe of it. It's beautiful. I have to ask about the photo - at first I just assumed it was a mirror that you're reflected in, but I don't think that's the case. Are you photoshopped into the doorway or something. I love the photo.


kylewilliam's picture

the photo is just photoshopped... it's the same type of photo that Lisa Anne Auerbach does of her stuff... since I worked with her on the sweater, and emulated her style with the project, I thought it'd be fun to do the same with the way she photographs her stuff.... fun :)

thanks for the compliments...



Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Very nice work, Kyle. I have to agree with Albert...freezing my brain may work best to work out the approach to knitting it. Not a project for late at night after a busy day. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

crmartin's picture

What an amazing sweater, just beautiful!



MMario's picture

I'm not sure which astounds me more, the knitting or the photoshopping!

MMario - I'm not divorced from reality - we're having a trial separation

scottly's picture

Fabulous sweater and photo!

Beautiful work! The University of Michigan Art Museum in Ann Arbor will host an exhibition of Ms. Auerbach's work this summer from July 12 to early September. If you (MWK) plan to visit, please contact me! -- Dan

kylewilliam's picture

yes - she told me about that exhibit - she's also going to be doing a show in England (I think) soon... neat!! she's an amazing person and one of my favorites to just hang out with... it was an honor to work with her!



WillyG's picture

Kyle, of course the sweater's amazing, but I like the inspiration for your project. Thanks for sharing. At this point, having verrrry little experience with sweaters, I am biting my tongue on trying to get you to write out the design. But it is nice on several levels.