Thursday, June 03, 2010


Old man sweaters. Cables and big collars and pipes. Something Jimmy Stewart would have slipped on for his martini after work, mid-winter, in his gorgeous Connecticut mansion. That's where my head's been the past week.

I won't say much about the swatch above, except that it's all part of the same conversation. And that it's soft and squishy and I kind of love it. My desk is full of these little cabley squares and ideas right now, and my head is full of Grampa-esque men.

(BIG switch from the porn, huh?)

On the one hand, there's Jimmy Stewart and Clark Gable ( they were pre-grampa at the time) sitting on their gorgeous 1960's era sofas with Whiskey Sours and Martinis, shawl collared cardigans buttoned smartly up. Or Fred Astaire or Gene Kelley, also wearing their cables with a pressed shirt and slacks, while dancing around the city.

Then, on the other hand, there's my actual Grandpa, who keeps shoving Fred and Clark and Jimmy aside in my thoughts.

He was awesome and hilarious, but not so much a style maven. No dancing, no martinis, and no mansion. He was a NYC cab driver from the Bronx named Irving. And he wore his cardigan in his uglychair, with a seltzer. Maybe a bowl of pickles or some chopped liver on Saltines. Same general sweater, just a little pillier and not so buttoned up. He wore it with elastic waist slacks or the bottoms from his velour track suit. (See, the glamour just disappears, doesn't it?)


Oy.! So distracting.


And all this thinking about Grandpa had me going back to the liquor cabinet, where you'll remember I have all his old booze. See that tax stamp? 1957.



We mixed up some Whiskey Sours last night - a little Essence of Grandpa Irving.


He'd be happy to know that his $5 (or whatever this cost in '57) wasn't wasted.

No really, he would be.

16 comments:

Holli said...

Awesome!

Leah said...

A nice way to toast Grandpa Irving -- and that swatch looks like it's gonna be something great!

lemontine said...

Cheers to Grandpa Irving!

Sarah said...

Awww Grandpa Irving... Love that! Totally paints a picture. My grandpa (Grandpa Bill) wore his sweater un-buttoned too, with a plaid flannel shirt. Must be a grandpa thing.

Kathleen said...

Awesome! Now, I miss my Grandpa Eddie and Grandpa John. I'll have to have a Gimlet tonight in their honor.

Carol said...

Funny post! I'm loving the squishy grampa goodness of that cable swatch.

Sarah said...

Okay, I know you're not divulging details, but can you at least tell us what the yarn is? Because I have a serious weakness for not-quite-solid peat browns with gorgeous stitch definition. (And also for grandpa sweaters. Can't wait to see what this is going to become.)

Kristen said...

I love grandpas. Your grandpa sounds just lovely!

Patty said...

Granpa Irving - we might just have to salute you on the porch tonight. That whiskey sour looks just devine.

Deb said...

Grandpa would be so huggable in your sweater salute! Liver pate/saltine breath and all...ok, pass the mellow me juice - that would fix me for sure! and I can hardly wait to see your beautiful brainchild...

cseneque said...

Grandpa cardigans rock! I've been known to wear one or two in my time, and definitely of the Grandpa Irving slightly-pilly variety. :)

Hilary said...

I LOVE the sketch of your grandpa Irving! Maybe he didn't have Jimmy Stewart-like style, but he sounds seriously awesome. Love your squishy swatch, too!

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Cheers to your grandmpa!

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Cheers to your grandmpa!

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Cheers to your grandmpa!

sherri said...

when do we find out what this lovely swatch is going to become? the suspense is killing me.