Friday, January 21, 2011

Memory Fades

This cardigan is an oldie but... well, it isn't as much of a goody as it really should be, in all honesty. I hadn't worn it in ages because I vaguely remembered it being sort of itchy, and sadly it was even itchier than I remembered. By the end of the day I had to take it off because the tattoos on my arms became raised and painful.

For anyone who doesn't have tattoos, this is a common phenomenon. Skin irritants, excessive heat, and other factors can cause even long-healed tattoos to occasionally become puffy and raised as if they're brand new. The pair of tattoos on my upper arms is several years old, but even the very first one I got, back in 1993, still gets irritated every once in awhile. What's odd is that it isn't always the entire tattoo either; sometimes it's just a small section, but it can really be uncomfortable.

By the end of the day I was cursing this sweater and vowing to pack it off to the Goodwill, but it's so darn cute that I might see if I can line the sleeves instead (the sleeves are fairly tight, otherwise I'd just put a long sleeved t-shirt under it). Just look at how great it fits me, not to mention the sweet little butterfly embroidered on the hood. That's the reason it has languished there in my closet instead of being donated years ago. So either I'll figure out a way to fix it, or else it'll languish awhile more until my memory fades and I'm suckered into enduring it again.

Sweater: Miss Me
Dress: J. Crew
Tulle skirt: Noa Noa
Boots: Miz Mooz

24 comments:

laura said...

I love the buttons on the sweater! However, I also do feel your pain. I rarely wear any sweaters (especially the ones that just LOOK itchy) because I end up just scratching-- all day. My sweaters end up in the back of my closet. And every winter, when they resurface, I always ask myself, "why in the heck am I NOT wearing them?" Five minutes later, I throw it back in disgust. Hope your lining idea works!

freeda said...

It is adorable! I'm extremely tactile too. Any bit of an itch and I just can't bear it.

Deja Pseu said...

It's a cute sweater. What about shortening the sleeves or removing altogether and wearing as a vest? That way you keep the favorite parts and get rid of what isn't working...

chelsea said...

You might try a rinse with hair conditioner. Sometimes that can put animal fibers back in their place. Especially a fairly cheap conditioner with silicones to coat the fibers. Worth a shot, if the alternative is to donate it anyway.

Sheila said...

It's so cute - I am a sucker for anything embroidered! Too bad about the itchiness - that alone would cause me to trade it away or consign it.

littlenashua said...

You might try a silk long underwear top as a base layer under the sweater. Silk long underwear is very thin, but meant to be worn like the regular thermal stuff.

Healthy and Homemade said...

Adorable look. The tulle under the dress is so pretty. I don't even know when you changed your hair because that's how much of a slacker I've been with Reader. Time to catch up!

Cel said...

I love this outfit! Even if it is the kind that makes you suffer for fashion's sake ;) That sweater is adorable, and that dress is amazing! Such nice red. I love the tulle skirt popping out from underneath, nice touch :)

WendyB said...

Hmmm...sounds like the devil is in that sweater. Try an exorcism!

Anonymous said...

Have you tried washing the sweater in hair conditioner? That sometimes fixes the itch for me.

Audi said...

Daja Pseu: I think you've hit on the perfect solution! I could totally wear it over long-sleeved t-shirts that way and it would be perfectly comfortable. I'm also going to try Wendy B's exorcism idea, just in case. ;-)

Anonymous said...

I recommend the hair-conditioner soak, too. I'm a knitter and it's one of the most common ways of making wool less itchy. If you want to try to make the sleeves a little wider to accommodate long-sleeved shirts, you could try blocking it aggressively after you soak the sweater in water with some hair-conditioner in it. Take the sweater out of the water and roll it up, jelly-roll style, between two towels to wring out some of the water. Then pin the sweater in the shape you want it to be (those foam floor-squares intended for playrooms work very well for this). If you pin the sleeves out wider, the wool may have enough memory to stay that way.

Jackie W. - Kansas said...

You could put bandaids over the parts of the tattoo that are bothered.

Becky said...

Yikes! That is a cute sweater but man, I'd throw that thing across the room if it were hot and itchy and painful. Love the red dress!

Heidi Ferguson said...

This is a gorgeous outfit! I hate that we sometimes have to sacrifice comfort for fashion tho. You look beautiful in red and the dress flatters you so much. The sweater makes the perfect accessory to it and the boots finish it all off. The tulle skirt is a great way to lengthen, I will have to find one! Great work. You are gorgeous!

Heidi
www.themomuniform.blogspot.com

Women Clothes said...

Hey Audi,

I absolutely adore that sweater. Your are right on about the super cute butterfly on the back of the hood. You do an amazing job of pulling together your outfits. Its a good mix of sophisticated and mature with your addition of personality. It is hard to come across a good mix of women clothes that can do both.

Thanks for your posts!

Alison said...

Gah! Very cute, but oh so irritating. I have a similar problem with my back tattoo, it gets raised and itchy in the winter. Drives me batty. I wonder why this happens. Mine is close to 10 years old too.

Brittney said...

you're right--it fits you perfectly. and i'm in LOVE with this entire ensemble. please find a way to line the sleeves, because it would be a total shame to have to give that sweater away. honestly. it's fabulous in every way.
-brittney
http://adayinlifetoo.blogspot.com

Allie (Wardrobe Oxygen) said...

I am so glad I read your comments - I am totally trying the hair conditioner idea! I have a similar situation - an utterly adorable sweater that is just not wearable. Good to know. And you do look fantastic!

Beatnik Mommy said...

Super cute, as are all of your outfits, but...oh, you're going to hate me and you don't even know me...the itchy sweater really doesn't fit you perfectly. It's too small, and it is stretched across the front and the sleeves are too tight. Maybe it's time to let it go, as cute as it is?

tinyjunco said...

i'm so enjoying the foloric elements in your recent outfits - the plaid skirt with petticoat peeking out, representational embroidery, and sturdy footwear all flatter your face, hair, and figure. even more so, they seem to really fit with your personality - though of course i have no real way of knowing that!

good luck with the sweater, and i hope you (& Georgie!) are enjoying our little taste of spring! steph

tinyjunco said...

'folK -loric"

fer cryin' out loud! steph

ReaderRita said...

I would love to see more of that red dress- what I can see is gorgeous!
And I love the peek of tulle !

Anonymous said...

Consider getting a yard of tricot knit lining fabric, a fairly lightweight nylon lingerie type fabric.

This will work as a lining for your sweater. It stretches along the width, very little along the length.

Kira