Saturday, July 16, 2011

Major Bummer

This is one of the favorite things that I've knit long ago, about 15 to 20 years ago.  It's the Romany Vest by J & J Seaton.  How I miss those designers, who have moved on to another venture.  I used to wear this vest quite a lot.

I purchased this design as a kit, which included the yarn and the pattern.  The yarn is Rowan 4-ply Botany, now discontinued.  The main color is "metropolitan grey".  It was a design that was well worth knitting intarsia on small needles with thin yarn.  By the way, I like intarsia.  Yes, I'm one of those people!

I say that I used to wear it a lot.  One day, I took it out of my cupboard to find that it had little holes all over the vest.  Some were the size of about 1 or 2 stitches, some larger.  My first thought is that moths got to it, but the odd thing is that no other wool sweaters were touched at all.... and I had cedar chips in the closet, so I'm not totally sure what has happened.  Whatever it is, the vest is unwearable as it is now.

Now, the dilemma:  I'd love to be able to wear this sweater again.  I *think* I could do a decent job of fixing the holes, but I don't have this yarn anymore.  Even if I could find a skein, the dye lot would surely be too different to do an acceptable job.

Better yet, I could reknit it, but I can't find the pattern.  I can't imagine that I'd throw it out, but it's picked a very good hiding place, if I still have it. 

I could substitute another fingering-weight yarn, but I need a pattern.  If anyone has this pattern, I'd love to hear from you.  Obviously, since I purchased the kit, I did buy the pattern, so I'm not breaking any rules of copyright, I'm quite sure.

I'll continue my search and, hopefully, one of these days, I'll be able to reknit this favorite. 

I'd also like to knit most of the sweaters in the one book that the Seatons published, "Sweaters From The Seaton Collection."  So many beautiful designs, more than I could knit in one lifetime!


Allison said...

Could you try contacting them and throwing yourself on their mercy?

Michelle said...

there are a bunch of these for sale on ebay. check it out.

Anna said...

I really like the vest and sweater you have made here! The are beautiful!