FO: Estelle Cardigan

Estelle Cardigan
Well, I finished her, here is Estelle! I am asked all the time why I love knitting and I usually say it’s a great stress reliever, it allows me to be creative, etc. But when I finished this sweater and was laying it out to take pictures I realized what I really love about knitting is making things for people I love.
Estelle Cardigan
My Auntie Helen is turning 90 and I’ve been very fortunate to have a great relationship with her over the years. She always, always makes me laugh and I see so much of myself (hello spunk) in her. Last year I randomly knit her a shawl and sent it to her and she called on my cell, which tickled me to no end, to tell me how much she loved it and how happy she was that I thought of her. And that’s what it’s all about…the thought and love that goes into it.
Estelle Cardigan
From the selection of my pattern and yarn to every tiny stitch, that was my effort, time and love being put into this sweater just for her. I always think of her but now I also know whenever she wears this she will think of me. I adore the yarn, Berroco Elements, and love the drape and sheen of the piece. I think this will be just lovely with her graying hair (at 90 she’s still not completely gray!) and it makes a simple cardigan even more special.
Estelle Cardigan
I just love all the little details and I hope she does as well. I can’t wait to give it to her next week! Isn’t that the best part of giving a knit gift? Seeing the recipient actually enjoy it what you made!

Speaking of gifts…it’s my birthday on Sunday and my husband is taking me (and the dog) away this evening. On Sunday we’re meeting with my sisters and friends for Sunday dinner to celebrate. This last year had some big highs (my first year as an adjunct professor, getting my 4th promotion in 4 years at work and becoming a Director) and some really low lows (losing my Dad). 36 kind of knocked me on my ass. I’m looking forward to putting 36 to rest and embracing the new year 37 will bring. I have hope that there will be more joy than sorrow this year and hopefully a year full of really good knitting.

Have a good weekend, friends!

8 Replies to “FO: Estelle Cardigan”

  1. It’s beautiful! And I agree, in many ways I’m a process knitter and appreciate the calm, but I give away probably 75% of what I knit. I just love how knitting for someone helps me think of them, and send them love in a tangible way. I’m not religious, but I love the idea of the knitted prayer shawls, where they say a prayer is in every stitch. Have you ever listened to Brenda Dayne’s (now defunct) podcast Cast On? She talks about how we knit to clothe the people we love warmly. It always makes me smile. 🙂

    I hope you have a very happy birthday, and that 37 is more restful than 36!!!

    1. Thank you so much! I haven’t listened to that podcast but may find the archives and listen, I love knitting podcasts. And the idea that we are clothing the ones we love is pretty on point. I love wrapping a baby in a blanket or a friend in a sweater. It brings me such joy.

  2. Have a happy birthday! A lovely sweater for what sounds like a very lovely lady. 🙂

  3. Congratulations on your birthday and on finishing your Estelle! It warms my heart to hear about your great relationship with your Aunt! Giving knitted gifts is like giving warm knitted hug…

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