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The Prayer Cardi for Jim fit perfectly!

If you have been following my blogs, you know the story behind this sweater. For those of you who haven't read my past posts, this cardigan has an interesting story. My DSIL, who passed away a year ago in October, started this for her husband, Jim. Before she died, she asked me to finish it. She had the back pretty much done and had started the ribbing for both fronts. She thought she had more yarn somewhere in the house, but after several months, it hadn't turned up. It had been purchased from a little souvenir shop on the Aran Island Inish Mor, but I didn't have the contact info, so I set about trying to find something that would do. I finally found some Aran yarn in a charcoal heather in an LYS in SLC that would coordinate with the main color, a dark bottle green, and had decided to use it to make the sleeves. They only had three balls, so I had to order some from a place in Canada. After the yarn arrived, DBIL found the rest of the original yarn in his house.
By this time it was summer. Not much need for a heavy sweater. I started up again in the fall and finished it in time for Christmas. It was under the tree, from both his DW and me. I have treated this project as a prayer project, similar to prayer shawls. It was rough for him for a while after his DW, and he needed the prayers. He is doing better.

Today is my birthday, so I'm taking it easy, working on something for myself. I had a great Christmas. Hope everyone of you did too. My regular blog will be back next week.

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Comment by Peggy Stuart on December 28, 2011 at 6:04am
DGD1 arrived yesterday afternoon. I'm still living it up!
Comment by Nutty4Knitting on December 27, 2011 at 6:17pm

Peggy, it's magnificent!  As if we could think it would be anything but with all the love that went into it from both of the women who worked on it.

Happy, Happy, Happy (belated) Birthday to you!!

Comment by Frances Tornese on December 27, 2011 at 5:41pm

Lovely story; thanks for sharing it.  My DMIL died before I had my first son.  She was making a baby afghan for him at the time. It was to be a surprise so I had no idea where she bought the yarn and there wasn't enough to finish it.  He is 36 now.  I have searched all these years for a yarn that would  fairly match with no luck. 

Happy birthday!!!

Comment by cherylbwaters on December 27, 2011 at 4:53pm

I know Jim appreciates the joint effort of you and Eileen. And Happy Birthday yesterday!

Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on December 27, 2011 at 3:52pm
Some celebrations just take longer than others...LOL.. and both you and Eileen did a fantastic job. I love this cardi.
Comment by Peggy Stuart on December 27, 2011 at 3:44pm
This was supposed to show up yesterday, so it's no longer my birthday, but I'm willing to celebrate all week! It's been great!
Comment by CamillaInTheDesert on December 27, 2011 at 3:24pm

Oh yes ...Happy Birthday Peggy...


Comment by Elaine Wenger on December 27, 2011 at 3:08pm

Gorgeous Peggy and Happy Birthday!

Comment by CamillaInTheDesert on December 27, 2011 at 2:56pm

Oh the smile on Jim's face says it all...what a wonderful reward....Gorgeous prayer sweater Peggy.

Keep showing and inspiring.




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