I had a bad day yesterday...I got up on the wrong side of the bed, I guess, and it was just one of those really grumbly days. But, when I finally arrived at Stash for Gay Knitting Night (officially it's the EBLGBTSnB), I immediately felt better, and knew I could get something done that would prevent the day from being a total wash.
So, remember a few months ago, when I made the lovely 28Thirty sweater? And then, a week after I finished it, Harley the kitten ate a big hole in the back? Well, as soon as I saw the hole, I knew I couldn't deal with it, and I folded it up and put it away.
I finally decided I was ready to tackle the repair, and that my knitting group would be the best place to do it, both for support and a fixed time to do it. This sweater could have easily languished under the bed for another several months, but I made up my mind to at least attempt the repair.
Here are a few pictures of the hole, which was unfortunately above the armpit line, so even if I wanted to, I couldn't have ripped it all the way back to the hole and reknit. So, a repair/patch was really my only option here.
I found a great set of instructions on repairs in Knitty, and used some of ideas from that, and then just fudged the rest. Of course, it wasn't a simple hole, and it was too big for a totally invisible repair (at least with my skills... perhaps a master knitter could have made it invisible).
There were some frustrating and confusing moments, and I fudged a lot of it, but with lots of encouragement from my knitting buddies, I finally finished the repair, and it doesn't look too terrible.
I'm hoping with some steam blocking, which I may try to do tonight, it will look even better. It won't be invisible, but perhaps not too obvious from far away. If all else fails, I'm totally prepared to put a funky patch on it, like a black felt star. The good thing about this spot is that it's right in the middle of the back, so a patch could be centered and look like it was intentional!
Above all, I am just very happy to have tackled this repair, and I'm excited to be able to wear my pretty sweater again! Hopefully this weekend we can do a real photo shoot, worthy of the month I spent knitting it, and the hours I spent repairing it!