My very first sweater ever was the Rebecca Wrap Cardigan (ravelry link). I fell in love with this sweater the minute I saw the picture of the model walking in the streets of some foreign city. It looked elegant and feminine and I wanted to look just like her. So I bought the yarn and cast on. I had a really fun time learning how to knit sleeves and all about sweater construction and finishing. When the sweater was done I was really proud of it and eager to try it on. I wanted to love it, I did, but when I put it on I just didn’t. It just didn’t look the way I thought it would.
I was disappointed but it became a perfect example of knitting for a body that is not mine. It was way too short for me and was not as flattering on my hourglass frame body, and with not enough wrap. It took me a few more tries before I started knitting garments that actually fit me right. But this sweater sat in my closet, coming out every once in a while when I would forget that it doesn’t work on me. It dawned on me a few weeks ago that this sweater, while not cute on me, could be cute on someone else. Someone who would love it and wear it outside and give it the love I have not.
This is Emily. She is talented and funny and kind and full of energy and has the best eye of the tiger I have ever witnessed. I am lucky enough to be one of her leaders though my Church’s youth organization. She is the proud recipient of the Rebecca Wrap Cardigan. The minute she tried it on I knew the sweater was perfect for her. Just looking at this picture makes me smile. Doesn’t she look beautiful?
Oh, and for the record, I would say generally re-gifting is a bad tacky practice. BUT re-gift knitting is my new favorite thing. Let’s see, what else am I not wearing…
The following 9 comments were originally left at blogspirit:
Ah, this is brilliant! the color looks great on Emily, good choice for a re-gift knitting recipient. I’ve definitely considered re-gifting some of my knits that just don’t quite work. I’ll have to look through the pile of shameful knits again and re-assess their value…
I think it’s a wonderful idea. Who wouldn’t love to be the recipient of a lovely handknitted item that looks great on them, even if it wasn’t originally intended for them?
Great idea – Emily looks wonderful, and your knit is going to be worn!
what a beautiful young woman! she looks very happy to be gifted with this attractive knit. (I love the way she’s chosen to wear it over white and so show the lace pattern off so beautifully
For the record, i have always really liked you but this makes me like you even more. I want to regift a knit….but that would require I knit something….hmmmm.
Hmmmmmmmm gr8 idea buddy, color looks superab on Emily…
Oh, Erin…you made me cry! What a sweet thing to do–Emily looks wonderful in it! What a great way to kick off 12 days of Christmas blogging–by giving!
Ohhh what motivation for me. If I can lose the weight I need to in order to be your size will you regift to ME???? You are amazing and the sweater is perfect for her.
Emily is the perfect for the sweater ~my only question… will she share it with her sister?