I came across this photo recently of my Dad wearing a fisherman's sweater that I knit for him one year for Christmas. This must be about 20 years ago because I was still living in Salem when I made it. The photo was taken in my parent's living room on Christmas morning.
I really love the picture and am glad I found it. At the time I was knitting fishermen sweaters I was making all of them more or less the sme but varying the stitch patterns. I can't remember the names of all the stitches in this sweater but I bet they are all from The Complete Book of Traditional Aran Knitting by Shelagh Hollingworth which was my Bible back then. Either that or Patterns for Guernseys, Jerseys, and Arans: Fishermen's Sweaters from the British Isles by Gladys Thompson which is still one of my favorite knitting books. I highly recommend it.
Also notice the crocheted afghan on the back of the couch behind Dad. I think my sister Chris crocheted that for my mother. Busy hands are happy hands.
Thanks for reading.