When I started knitting back in 2005, I was happy with sweaters, mittens, hats, bags, etc., all the normal beginner projects. An older member of my knitting group encouraged me to move on to a sweater, and in early 2006 I was ready. I wasn’t ready for the financial commitment, however, as I was working two jobs to pay my rent and my tuition for the classes I was taking at SFSU, and I didn’t have a lot of funds available for a large amount of nice yarn. So I used some yarn reclaimed from a Goodwill sweater (Abercrombie brand, it might have been). It was nice, bulky, and a color I really liked.
The patter is “Big Sack Sweater” from Stitch ‘n’ Bitch, the book with which I taught myself to knit. The sweater turned out great, although it is definitely boxy, especially now, after having two kids. It’s quite a bit shorter on me now, with my new um, curves. It has pretty much been a house sweater, and I even wear it for sleeping when it’s really cold.
And then we had an incident today! The sweater was in dire need of washing, and I had it drying on a rack in front of the potent bathroom heater. A while ago, I singed a sock slightly, so I knew to keep the dryer at least a foot away from the wall. However, I forgot to tell my husband that I had knitting drying in the bathroom, and eventually we smelled smoke.
The right sleeve was singed on the bottom half or so, and even had a big hole burned through it. And the smell was awful! After airing out the house for a few hours and debating what to do about the sweater, I decided to try giving it a bath (or 10) to see it can be saved. I do have leftover yarn from when I knitted it back in 2006, I just hope it’s enough. (Ironically, the yarn sat and sat until I used some to knit a hat for my brother for Christmas 2013!)
First I cut off the totally burned part of the sleeve, unraveled the cowl neck (it was picked up and knitted last), discarding a bit of yarn that was singed, then I unpicked the raglan seam. I salvaged as much yarn as I could, and I hope it’s enough when combined with the yarn I still have in my stash.
Wish me luck, and if you have tips on ridding your home of a smoky smell, do let me know!