Thankyou all for your comments yesterday! It does make me feel so much better that other people feel the same way I do and I'm not the only one!
A trip down memory lane for today; this picture is of my husband holding our then brand new baby son; our eldest. If you would like to see what this tiny baby looks like nowadays, go here. Lol!
I knitted the jumper my husband is wearing here quite early in our marriage. It is out of the Patons Handknits pamphlet number 893. This is a pattern booklet for Patons Alpaca Classique 8 ply (don't you love how in the 80's/90's using spellings such as "classique" automatically conferred classiness where none before existed? a certain je ne sais quoi, no? a leetle bit Francaise eez good for ze chic factor, oui?
I might have used this yarn, or if not probably the Patons 8 ply, the ordinary Merino sort. The wool certainly feels soft enough to be Merino and not Alpaca, so I think it probably is...
I can remember that rather than my usual habit of buying the yarn through a wool store, I ordered it through a mail order service, in a joint order with my friend V from work; we did it because of a special offer she had received. I was so thrilled when my wool actually arrived as I had never ordered anything in this way before and had only ever purchased things from a shop, over the counter, that I could carry away immediately... the latter still my preferred way of buying goods, (shrug) I guess I'm old-fashioned.
The jumper has held up quite well, imo, below is how it looks now, and at bottom, the inside view. The rib on the sleeves has stretched out a bit, and is the worst area of wear. He has worn it such a lot, well at least it's been appreciated, no? The design is fair isle, three colours overall, front and back of the jumper pretty much identical with the same design, and with two colours in every row, and I didn't weave the colours in and out at the back but just carried them over the back of the knitting as instructed in the pattern. This is quite acceptable in fair isle as the yarn is being carried no further than five stitches at any point, but looking at it now I kind of wish I had gone to the effort of weaving the unused yarn in with each stitch, as my conscience was screaming at me to do.