A Christmas Tree and a Kelly Green Sweater

I had a kelly green mohair sweater when I was a kid, which, no doubt, made me look inflated, but  I loved it. Once I outgrew fashion oblivion and the sweater, I have longed for the love of a sweater to match that First Love. I knit, but for probably obvious reasons, no yarn manufacturer has produced a fluffy mohair in just that color of kelly green, so my dream of reproducing my First Love has been elusive. But this fall the color returned to fashion, not in fluffy mohair, alas, but in lightweight wool blends in sweaters one does not have to knit. I think of the new sweater as The Imitator and have loved wearing it the last few months.

Then yesterday it was time to bring in our Civic Garden Center Frasier Fir tree and decorate. In my kelly green sweater. Sap. Lots of sap. I wore gloves, but didn’t notice how often my front touched the tree’s front. By the time we were done, the tree looked happy and my sweater looked polka-dotted. With sap.

So, now I can tell you how to get sap off of a wool sweater that is a second love…warm olive (or other vegetable) oil. I ran hot tap water over my almost empty bottle of olive oil until it was just a bit warm, poured a dab onto a paper towel, and blotted each polka dot. It took awhile (the Civic Garden Center Frasier Firs are seriously fresh, so quite sappy, bless their hearts), but it was a quite satisfying experience. Then, to get the olive oil out, I gently washed the sweater in Soak and cool water (Woolite or any gentle liquid soap would do as well), gently squeezed out the excess water, and gently laid The Imitator out on a towel to dry. Tree, sweater, me–all happy. I’m pretty sure my little kid mohair sweater got more love, but never got such care.

Cindy Briggs


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