Knitting through the curtain of death

Ok, that might be an overly dramatic title. I was given a commission to finish a sweater vest for a lady: He neighbor had started it and made it about 2/3 of the way up the front and back, and then "became late" as they say in "The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency" books. Anyhoo, client asked that I finish it for her so she could give it to the daughter (Her's or her late neighbor's...I never was never clear).

I finished it mere minutes ago, including some surruptuous repairs of a couple of the more glaring errors of the late lady's work. It hasn't been blocked yet, but here's what it looks like. (Lovely purple heather merino wool: Cascade 220 heathers~ col #2450 if you're curious). There is something especially joyous about completing work for someone who's passed on: It's as if I was saying, "Look, death didn't REALLY stop you!"

I'm happy with it. The photo doesn't thankfully show the apparent differences in our knitting...suffice it to say, I have a bit more experience and the top of the sweater is a bit more even and mistake free than the bottom. I'm sure the client will be delighted.

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RickMartin's picture

Wonderful! It's not only good looking - but great that you were willing to take on the project. I'm sure all involved will be pleased


grandcarriage's picture

I'm a fiber ho. In the warm months, I design/create/maintain gardens, but in winter, I do knitwear repair, tailoring, and finishing, as well as design. I currently have on the table the above sweater blocking, a men's cardi to retailor and change the binding on, an alpaca sweater that needs a new hem and minor tailoring, a too long scarf to be turned into a correct length scarf and hat set, and a Christmas stocking to design and knit. (I'm doing the scarf-hat this rainy day....very mobile).

I gave the lady a call, she seemed quite pleased that it was done so quickly~5 days. (I could have done it in a day, but I putzed about).

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Bill's picture

Great to hear from you!
...wondered if you were OK...

VTandPTguy's picture

GREAT to have you back! Missed you.

albert's picture

I like that the project was finished; what else have you been up to?

QueerJoe's picture

Yay!...Bob's back...and the sweater is great fiber porn.

I have to admit, the one time I was asked to finish someone else's work (it was a child's Fair Isle sweater where the woman who started it couldn't bare to finish the last sleeve), my gauge was so far off from the rest of the sweater. I was a very new knitter at the time, and I think I could do better if ever called upon.

Nice job on yours.

mwkbloom's picture

I did this recently on a 7-panel afghan. My friend's mother had finished all but the LAST 6 INCHES of the LAST panel. Fortunately the last panel was still on the needles, there was enough yarn, and the pattern was still with it. I finished the last panel and crocheted the 7 panels together. My friend and her sister did the fringe.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Very nice vest. I've done some repair work but only finished one piece that was begun by another. Tricky, but it turned out okay. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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

VillageKnittiot's picture

Great to see your smilin' face again Bob! Hope all is well up there. Fantastic work, as usual.

HuskerChub's picture

This reminds me of a story I once heard from a shop owner herself. A lady came into an LYS and asked if anyone there would do sweater finishing. The owner (story teller) said that yes she did and it was usually in the $25-40 price range depending on what needed to be done. The woman was very pleased with the price, wrote a check for the $40 and told the lady she'd be back with the sweater the next day. So next day the lady comes in and everyone is busy with customers and she is told "just leave it by the counter and I'll call you when it's ready". Once the bag was opened the owner was horrified to find out that the woman had cast on and knit the ribbing and 2" of the sweater front...period! She wanted the shop owner to "finish her sweater for her" not "finish" her sweater. So beware those who are feeling helpful and make sure what you're getting yourself into before hand!

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

eeeewwww....and I thought my saga of knitting a bedspread after contracting - and being paid - for an afghan without discussing details was a rough experience. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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

Kilted Knitter's picture

Good to see your face back here again, welcome back Handsome!