The greatest compliment I receive as a knitter is when an item I gifted is worn, loved, and now in need of repair due to use, not neglect.
I gifted it to my mother and she wore it constantly over the past three years. She wore it around the house, she wore it walking the dog, and I believe she wore it when out on the town. As we collected her things to begin her new chapter, I discovered the shawl needed some TLC. It sported a big hole and several other smaller issues that needed repair.
My initial intent was to be sappy and patch this large hole with a heart.
In the end I decided to work with my Purl & Loop Minute Weaver and create a more durable patch for this particular hole. It feels somewhat fitting given my mother’s new hip. As she slowly regained strength, I worked on the patch. After sewing it in, I embroidered back in the chain of the center back to provide some visual continuity.
It’s not perfect, but I have confidence that it will hold up well.
I love the renewed shawl and thankfully so does she.
It has a place of prominence in her new room when it’s not draped around her shoulders. It’s one of the first things she points out to anyone who visits her.