gas station jacket, anyone?
The husband celebrated a milestone birthday this year near the beginning of February. One of those birthdays that couldn’t be acknowledged by a simple Amazon gift card or a new tie. (Does anyone still give ties? Such a lame gift) I wondered for months what to get him, and of course he kept saying he didn’t need or want anything special. I stewed for ages on what the gift would be. Dude is a tough man to buy for.
Six weeks before his birthday I hatched a plan. I would knit him Jodi Green‘s Pump Jockey from Knitting it Old School completely in secret. Six weeks should have been plenty of time to finish before February. This was all fine in theory, but the reality is the two of us spend most evenings together and this prevented me from working on it. I waited until Vogue Knitting Live weekend (two and a half weeks before the day!) and finally cast on. By the end of the weekend I had a sleeve. There was NO WAY I was going to finish in time if I didn’t work on it in front of him. The day before his birthday I had to admit defeat. I wrapped up the two sleeves and a finished left front in a box and gave him the unfinished sweater.
Man, he’s a good sport.
True to form, I finished it up six weeks after I cast on. Add in a week for the custom zipper to arrive and bang! He had a new sweater. Completely belated, but still, a new sweater! Fits him like a dream, if I do say so myself.
Full details over on Ravelry, but in a nutshell:
Valley Yarns Northampton on 4mm needles.
Antique brushed nickel zipper from Zipperstop.
Custom name patch from Stitch a Logo.