How do (or should I) ask for an item of clothing back that was a childhood gift to me and has been out on extended loan?
So, some decades years ago when I was a wee tot, my lovely Irish aunt knit me an Aran sweater (visible on young me in my profile
photo). I wore it for a couple of years as a kid and when I grew out of it, it went into storage. It came out a couple of years after that and was worn by a succession of younger cousins, always returning. At an estimate, close to a dozen kids in my extended family have been wearers at some point.
A few years back, my mother passed it to a friend of hers whose grandson was about the right age for it; it has now passed on to said grandson's younger brother.
The thing was made remarkably well, and despite having been knit over forty years ago it still is in great shape. These days I have a few youngsters around (a godson, one or two nephews) who would be the right caliber for it, and it was, after all, a gift to me. Is there a diplomatic way to let the parents of the current wearer -- a young couple I have met maybe twice -- know that I would appreciate having it back? They might not even know that it holds any meaning for anyone else, let alone that the original wearer might have some use for it; for that matter, they might know it was mine.