The passing of an old friend...

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    Aug 09, 2008 9:47 PM GMT
    No, nobody died...

    My favorite, 25+ yo sweater, just finally gave out this evening (much to Iains relief). The small holes I dealt with, but now its ripped almost completely down the side.

    It was comfortable and comforting, and even after it wasn't much more than an old pilled rag; I still thought it was the most comfortable thing I owned.

    I had it when I slept in a sheep barn one night just outside of Edme, Turkey; and when I chopped wood at my grandparents farm in upstate NY.

    I wore it when I was med-evaced back to the US from Cape Verde, N Africa after a diving accident led to a serious infection.

    I was wearing it when two guys jumped me in Corsica; it came through without a scratch.

    I wore it in Parisian bistros, Italian Gelato stands, a Bulgarian nightclub, and while working on Ians grandparents cottage in the Highlands.

    It kept me warm one cold night in the Black Forest, and in several small villages in Provence and the Camargue.

    I wore it one cool morning at a base camp on the Serengeti, watching the sun rise over Kilimanjaro while a lion lounged quietly just a few yards away; and I wore it in Alaska as I stood on a piece of Ice older than anything a human hand has made.

    Some nights when I had just starting out; and just finished my last packet of Ramen Noodles, I curled up in that sweater and wondered if I was really crazy.

    Have you ever had a piece of clothing that you kept far beyond its natural lifetime? Something you just couldn't let go of? A piece of clothing that mirrored where you had been in your life?
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    Aug 10, 2008 1:46 AM GMT
    Yeah, I had an old flannel shirt like that. I think I wrote a little essay about it when it died. One day I was walking through the woods and it got snagged on a branch and simply disintegrated. There was no part left large enough to "wear."
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    Aug 10, 2008 1:55 AM GMT
    I have a sweater that is about 25. All cotton, ralph lauren chaps. It is frayed around the edges but still here. My first sister-in-law gave it to me one Christmas. I can't recall its exact history. But it has kept me warm on chilly nights throughout the years.

    If yours is that important to you maybe you should frame it and hang it somewhere.
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    Aug 10, 2008 2:35 AM GMT
    Wow ITJOCK, thats pretty wild, I think its great you still have it all this time...

    For me, I used to be really bad about keeping old clothing items, but have limited myself to just a few.
    Still have the "Christmas vest" my mother embrodered for me when I was 3 or 4 years old... a sweater set from 3rd grade, a leather coat with fringe from 7th grade and my heavy coat from my when I was a Sr. in HS.
    Kind of an odd combo.

    Oh and my oldest clothing article I still actually wear... a western belt I got for my 17th birthday. It still gets used for old wear.
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    Aug 10, 2008 2:42 AM GMT
    I agree. Frame it and write the history of it to go in the frame. Add pics if you have them.

    TOO MUCH HGTV!!!!!