Singed a bit, were you?

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.

first sweater

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!


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