I sat down with dad and we had a serious discussion about Drunken Argyle. We decided that if I steeked it it would still be too broad in the shoulders and no way after all that work did I want to give him anything he didn't absolutely love. Steeking it would also make a big portion of the yarn un-reusable. We also agreed that if I'm going to reknit it there's no point in using the same yarn since it could mysteriously grow again when we get it wet, or, you know, look at it funny - since growing is this sweater's all time favorite thing to do despite the fact that I didn't find any complaints about the sweater or the yarn on Ravelry or the internet in general (we won't worry about the fact that my dad's crazy slow dial up plus incredibly overzealous* security software means I didn't really get to look all that hard). Any way you sliced it Drunken Argyle was a big lolcat FAIL.
So I'm going to make another one.
Sure it took forever, but infinity times infinity is still infinity. I put two years (sure, interrupted by both traumatic and blissful life events, but still two years) into this thing, what's another go at it?
Dad's thinking a 70/30 wool acrylic blend. When I get back to the land of high speed internet I'll send him some choices. The good news is maybe he can have the deeper red and darker grey that he wanted if we're going broader with the yarn choices.
The other good news... It does happen to fit my incredibly awesome friend Scott. Scott held the undisputed hands down best guy friend status throughout junior high and high school. And even though I've moved all over the place, I visit every Christmas and we pick up just the same as if I were over every weekend. This visit included three rounds of Killer Bunnies some excellent conversation about the fossil record, the myth of race, the upcoming elections, changing perspectives of time (when did 50 years ago go from ancient history to damn near yesterday in my mind?), privacy, issues in librarianship, and, of course - Ninja Warrior.
*Seriously, why is it blocking the wikipedia page on steeking? Or half of my own blog posts, let alone Eunny's...