There is little more gratifying than putting on a newly finished jumper, wearing it out and having someone complement you, is there?
This is my Mum in a brand new Goodale cardigan by Cecily Glowick McDonald, proving the point. Well, it was knitted by me, but she was pretty pleased, nonetheless.
I find that just hearing about someone else’s newly finished jumpers, cardigans and shawls seems to give that same feeling of satisfaction, too. Oh, I do love to hear about what the yarn is, where it came from and what it was like to use. I want to know the new techniques that you tried, and the inevitable unpicking that has happened somewhere along the way. Oh, and then of course which pattern you used, where I can find it and then you can tell me all the interesting stuff about the changes you made along the way.
A little while ago I came across this wonderful video by Kristy Glass. It cheered me up immensely on an afternoon when I was a little down. She filmed it at the New York Sheep and Wool Festival, held at Rhinebeck and known in shorthand as such. There has become a tradition to knit a new sweater for the occasion and she wanted to find out who had made what in 2016.
I’d recommend making a cup of tea, putting your feet up and watching a whole hour (yes!) of knitters answer Kristy’s call to ‘Tell me about your Rhinebeck Sweater.’