My husband and I met 13 years ago, in 1995 and that year was full of firsts, including first birthdays spent together and first birthday gifts. That year, he gave me a sweater from The Gap. It was a basic wool, stockinette sweater with a V-neck. The wool is rustic and natural. And I loved it! Not only for it's practicality and versatility, but because it was the first birthday present my husband ever bought for me. I wore it all the time for years as it was a staple in my sweater wardrobe. This is me, coincidentally, on my birthday 9 years ago. (Someone gave me a candle.)
After several years of wear and summers spent in storage, I discovered a very sad thing. Moth holes. In several places. The sweater was ruined and could not be fixed. I was very sad. It sat in my closet for several more years, never coming near the giveaway piles I would make from time to time. It was too cherished. I kept thinking, "Someday, I will find something to do with this sweater."
Then, I taught myself to knit. The plan to reclaim the birthday sweater has been percolating ever since, but I finally got up the nerve to take it apart this weekend. I am going to salvage the yarn and reknit the exact same sweater. (I took a photo for posterity.)
The dreaded moth holes (there are more on one sleeve):
Now, what should I do with the tags? Sew them back in? Scrapbook them? Or toss them?