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Old 11-19-2010, 01:24 AM   #1
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Gansey for My Husband
I just put the final touches on this fisherman's gansey today. It is made of Patons Capstan oiled wool that I have had for years. The labels stained the yarn blue and I had to reel that part off of each skein. It turns out some of the yarn was slightly different colors even though it was all the same dye lot. (Some had been knit and reballed and was kind of dirty. I've washed it now and it is still dirty looking.) DH likes it, he says it looks "vintage". Good thing.

This is my first full sized gansey.

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Old 11-19-2010, 01:58 AM   #2
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Hey Judy! What a wonderful gansey! Tom looks terrific in his 'vintage' gansey! Perfect fit, too!

I like the story of the yarn! It's a testimonial to destashing!

Did you use the Channel Island cast-on for the front and back? It looks like it. That cast-on was developed and originally used by gansey knitters!

Is this your own design? I wouldn't be surprised! You are do a lot of your own design work, a quality that I certainly admire! I think I see either the initials TG or JG on the lower front left! Did you 'sign' your work? Or are these Tom's initials? Either way, WOW! That is cool!!!

Anyway, thanks for sharing the sweater with a husband inside it! I'll bet Tom's hat is his own creation, am I right??? I just showed this to John, and he oogled Tom's hat and said "I bet that's a hat he knit!"
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Old 11-19-2010, 02:19 AM   #3
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Thanks Dollyce, your praise is always coveted. Yes, that is the Channel Island cast-on. I did design this myself. Tom saw a little kid's gansey with an anchor in front with a tight cable on each side. He said he'd like that on it. (turns out it is pretty much under his beard, but there is one in back too. I picked most of the stitch patterns from Beth Brown-Reinsel's book Knitting Ganseys (including the anchor). One of the background stitches I kind of made up, but I'm sure it is not new. There is a heart under his beard at the very top. Only in the front where no one will see it and think he is a sissy. Those are Tom's initials. They were often worked on traditional ganseys, so we went with that too. TG

I am glad to use some of this stash yarn. I've had it for years. Now I want to do something with the rest of it I have including the blue stained part. I'm thinking of trying dying some of it.

John has a good eye. The hat is a Tom creation all right. I took some other pictures of him (on Ravelry) in a Greek fisherman's hat. He made that hat too with his sewing skills.
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Beautiful work and the fit is perfect! Your design is wonderful...so well-balanced. Love the anchors and the cable on the shoulders. Like hubby's beard too!
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The sweater is gorgeous! And you knitted it so fast! And the fit is perfect! Really, really impressive!
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Beautiful work! You're a very talented designer!
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WOW!!! Beautiful knitting...beautiful sweater!



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Anchor? Where?
I like the whole package, sweater hat and beard. LOL I was going to suggest he 'part' his beard for a close up on the anchor. But it is also clever of you to hide the heart there under his beard.

I've not done a sweater yet so I am in awe of all who do it so well.

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Stunning! I'm amazed by your design and the quality of your work. What a lucky man he is! And his hat is awesome.
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Lovely, I've got one for my grandson in the 'to do' pile but keep putting it off. Perhaps I shall make a start now you've inspired me.

Great work.
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