Thursday, March 19, 2015

Everything Old Is New Again

In 2013, I wrote a post (click here) about a sweater My Mother The Dowager Duchess knitted for my father in 1949. Having finally been outgrown by my father, the sweater sat in a drawer until around 1969 when he passed it on to me. I wore it into the late 1980s until I too outgrew it. I then gave the sweater to my cousin Evie for her son, Evan. I didn't know if Evan would want it but I figured, if he didn't, Evie could give it to charity.

THE DUCHESS AND THE SWEATER.
CONEY ISLAND, NEW YORK.  SUMMER 1949.
ME WITH A FRIEND AND THE SWEATER.
NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT.  WINTER 1986.

Evie has always had a difficult time parting with things of sentimental value. I didn't know about that in the 1980s. Last year, while San Geraldo and I were visiting the Duchess, Evie arrived with my favorite sweater. And it fit (snugly)! I can no longer wear it with a shirt and tie, but that's not my style anymore anyway.

NEARLY 66 YEARS OLD... NOT ME, THE SWEATER!
SANDPIPER RESTAURANT, FUENGIROLA.  WINTER 2015.


"Don't throw the past away. You might need it some rainy day."

32 comments:

  1. I love men's 'vintage' sweaters. And this one fits the bill! Looks great on you then and now, Mitchell.
    It looks to be in good shape considering it's age. But hey, 66 years in nothing....right?!! lol

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    1. Jim:
      I have another sweater from that same time period (also back from Cousin Evie). After I put new buttons on it, I'll share that one, too.

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  2. I still wear a sweater I made almost 50 years ago... but your sweater looks to be in much better shape than mine (but then, you look to be in much better shape than me.... enough said)

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    1. Sharon:
      I'm no where near as cute as you!

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  3. How delightful to still have that sweater after all this time. Love those old things that never wear out!

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    1. Linda:
      My mother's sweaters seem to live forever.

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  4. Looking good. The sweater and yourself, of course.

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    1. Michael:
      Me, not so much. The sweater helps!

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  5. Dayum! The DD has quite the talent, that sweater looks as fabulous now as it did 66 years back. I think it's very cool that it's still around!

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    1. Bob:
      She's amazing. I received a bunch of compliments on the sweater the other night. My mother's work is so precise, however, that some people don't believe her sweaters are done by hand. A woman the other night didn't believe; she inspected the underside of the sweater and still didn't believe me. I was proud of my mother's work and offended by the woman at the same time.

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    1. Gosia:
      It's always been my favourite. So happy to have it back.

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  7. How cool is that - and you even have a picture of her knitting it. Beautiful - and timeless. So neat Evie kept it for you.

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    1. Cheapchick:
      I was thrilled to discover that old photo some years back.

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  8. I think I remember that from when we were in Germany! Cira.. 1973....! :0)

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    1. Sheree:
      I'm so glad you remember that. I had a couple of pictures of me wearing that sweater when we were in Dusseldorf. I couldn't find them recently. One you took of John and me posing in front of a Mercedes taxi. The other was of the three of us in that restaurant where we were the only patrons and sat in that curtained booth. I wish I could find them!

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  9. Still looks pristine enough for you to bequeath it in your own will.
    Talking of matters depressing, what's so worrying is that in the video clip the late Roy Scheider looks so amazingly young!

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    1. Raybeard:
      I'll avoid the "matter depressing." Also, maybe I'll just take the sweater with me!

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  10. It's a fine-looking sweater. I hear that vintage look is coming back into style.

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    1. Stephen:
      In style or not, I'M wearing it.

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  11. Oh! I remember that post and that sweater! How exciting that you have it back :) I love that picture of the dark-haired D.Duchesse at the beach, knitting :)

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    1. Judy:
      The Duchess could never just sit. She was always making something. She had just turned 22 when that photo was taken!

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  12. I want to know what that yarn was made of that made it last so long...steel wool?

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    1. Frank:
      Isn't that incredible? My mother has always used really high-quality yarns, but it still amazes me. Surprisingly, this sweater is very fine and not at all itchy.

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  13. Wow, the DD had the skills! Both you and the sweater are looking pristine, classy, and fun... speaks well for everything she makes. ;-) It's good to have some of these tangible memories around, even when they induce a bit of melancholy along with the nostalgia.

    I'm really an anti-Evie, if I'm honest, but thank goodness for people who hold onto the sentiment, along with those mementoes.

    (Oh, and thank you so much for this video... one of my favourite scenes from a long-time favourite movie. Love you!)

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    1. Jacqueline:
      My first thought when Evie pulled out that sweater was, "Oh, no! I gave it to YOU. I don't want it back!" But when I tried it on and realised I could wear it again, I was very grateful.

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  14. I am not one for sweaters but it is an interesting design and must have been very well made. People don't really keep clothes so what a treasure it is.

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    1. Andrew:
      Given my mother's brilliance with knitting, I have always loved sweaters -- especially hers. But, given that I've lived in warm climates for more than half my life now, I don't have much opportunity to wear them anymore.

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  15. What a great post!! And the Duchess is clearly an excellent knitter!

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    1. Knatolee:
      And that was in her early years of knitting (she was only 22). She was phenomenal... along with needlepoint, embroidery, sewing, painting, sculpture -- a woman of many talents.

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  16. LOVE the sweater to bits! The history behind this sweet labour of love!

    Cheers! to you SMILEY!!

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    1. Ron:
      More labours-of-love stories to come.

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