A few days ago, my son Eric received in the mail, a gift from his great-aunt. It was a hand-knitted t-shirt.
(excuse the sundry ironing in the background).
As you would imagine, any knitted gift to the household of a knitter is avidly poured over and very much appreciated.
Look at the professional detailing in the finishing:
A double, mitred collar. Complete with personalised label!
a folded hem, almost invisible.
The exquisite detailing in this garment nearly had me in tears. The overall effect of the carefully chosen details and finishing work gave me fresh impetus to continue to refine my efforts and make that extra effort with finishing details in my own knitting.
I do not know how old his great-aunt is, and we have never met her as she lives in England. An educated guess will be that she is in her 70’s or even ’80s. To say the least, I was immensely touched at the effort she went to with this gift.
The yarn particularly caught my attention. It is very fine, and drapes like a dream. Perfectly cool as a summer t-shirt. On further inspection of the inside seams, and having noted the regularity of the yarn ball changes, I suspect she has actually used embroidery cotton to knit this!!
The blue and the green are the same yarn but the white is a plied yarn that is different to the blue and green, and yet they blend so harmoniously.
I understand from Eric’s father that his aunt is a former editor of the UK Machine Knitting News. Her skill certainly shows through. I wish I could meet her.