As someone who contributed to a book by the title Mend it Better, I should really be ashamed of the state of my poor husband's favorite sweater (I am, I promise!). I did try to mend it awhile back, but since then, the fiber frayed all around my careful darning, and the precious ol' sweater had gotten to a stage where only serious patching had a chance of fixing it. This weekend, I took the sweater in hand, and sat down with my basket of odd bits and leftover yarns. The question was which tool to use: crochet hook or knitting needles?
I chose knitting needles, because they have an advantage: you can work multiple projects at once.
I improvised a roundish pattern, and to give the patches more structure I crochet slip-stitched a little border.
I like the way my simple knitted patches turned out. They remind me of something quaint, something my grandmother might have come up with, using just what she had on hand. They remind me of a time when nothing went to waste, and when many crafts were works of art, not perhaps for their sheer beauty but because of the skills and ingenuity expressed in reusing and repurposing materials. Like stitching together scraps of fabrics to make quilts and patchwork. And like using leftover yarns to make patches to salvage worn garments.
I think these patches gave Tom's sweater a new life. Certainly they've given it a new look. After all, how many men do you see walking around with pot holders on their elbows?