My Nanna had this cardigan that she wore all the time. I’d say 90% of my memories of her over the last couple of years of her life, she was wearing this cardi. She was forever freezing cold, so this was perfect for her.
When we started clearing out her wardrobes, this went into the pile of things for the charity shop, but I salvaged it, because I just couldn’t let go of this piece of her. Truth be told I still have an awful lot of her clothes in my wardrobe, even though they don’t fit me, and even if they did they’d look terrible on me. They just hold so many memories that I’m so not ready to let go of yet.
I think everyone was under the impression that my Nan knit this cardigan herself, she really was an excellent knitter so I certainly wouldn’t put it past her, but when I’ve looked more closely I can see the remnant of a tag in the collar, so I’m certain it was shop bought. It doesn’t lose any of it’s nostalgia to me knowing this, because she was still consistently wrapped in it whether she made it herself or not!
Because it was so, so well loved, almost all of the buttons had come off of it, and when I put it on, I put my hands in the pocket and fished out an old tissue and some cotton buds. You were pretty much guaranteed to find these items in any of her clothes with pockets, and if not, they’d be stuffed up the sleeve! I decided to give it a new lease of life, and pick out some new buttons, as all the others had gone missing.
These are the buttons I chose and I think they work really well. I’m really happy with how it turned out, and glad that I’ve given it a new lease of life. I’m going to snuggle up in my Nanna’s cardigan throughout the coming Winter, and I don’t care whether it looks good on me or not. It reminds me of her and brings back so many fond memories, and that’s all that matters!