It is common lore in the knitting world that you should never make a sweater for your boyfriend. Why? Because sure as shootin', you invest all that time and money to make it then you break up. So, never make a Boyfriend Sweater. A Husband Sweater on the other hand, well, that is a no-brainer!
In the 6 years I've been knitting, my darling husband has watched me make countless diaper covers, sweaters, hats, mittens and other things for the kids. He watched me make myself socks, a beautiful scarf and a hats. He has gotten 1 pair of socks and that is it.
Jeremy has asked me for a sweater numerous times. I always made some excuse not to do it and it was forgotten. Last year he turned 30. I thought it would be such a great gift to give him a sweater for his 30th birthday. So we scoured Ravelry in search of patterns. When we found Retrofit by Jesse Loesberg, we knew it was a match made in heaven. Perfect for my skinny man, and it looked to be a relatively easy knit. Next up, finding the perfect yarn. Working on a budget meant that I wasn't going to use an expensive yarn. However, if I am investing that kind of time into something, I want a yarn that will 1. hold up and 2. be good to work with. So, we went with Wool of the Andes from Knit Picks. Being a man, he wanted manly colors (boring)...black and gray.
I had this dream that I would get it started in January and have it done for his birthday on February 24. His birthday came and I had the back done and was started on the sleeves. Sleeves always take the longest for me and these were no exception. As the days grew warmer, I justified not working on it as intensely because even if I did finish it, he couldn't wear it right then anyway. So, I worked on it here and there, took it on our vacation this summer and worked on it in the car.
The days started growing shorter and colder and I realized that I was thisclose to finishing his sweater! So, I kicked into high gear and finished on December 23. Almost 11 months to the day. I have told him he's lucky he's a size Medium, or he may not have gotten a sweater!
He loves it. He wore it for 3 days straight. I love it, such a fun knit. I don't love how the zipper turned out, it puckers a little bit, but it is okay. One of Jeremy's coworkers said that her Grandma used to knit a flaw into everything she made saying, "God is the only one who makes anything perfect". I like that and am now making that my knitting motto.