Thursday, September 02, 2010

decisions, decisions...

I have to make a decision about the Rowan Sweater. I love the wool, I love the colour. I hate the fact that I can't get long sleeves (not enough wool), and I'm unsure about the style.

So, I either suck it up and take an hour to finish something I don't really like and won't wear, or I frog it, and use the yarn I love for something I love.

Yeah, that's an easy decision. Look for a pile of chartreuse Rowan Yorkshire Tweed soon. I may even have a pattern in mind for it...

Then there's Tappan Zee. I do love this one. (I really believe I'm better suited to making cardigans rather than pullovers - I wear them constantly, whereas pullovers are a rarer thing for me to wear). This Silky Wool is more blue than the gray that shows here - it's the colour of perfectly faded jeans that are soft and comfortable. The actual pattern is a short sleeved cardigan, ending right where you break the yoke into sleeves and body. I have enough wool to get some sleevage - I divided the ball I had left (gotta love the digital scale!) and started the sleeves. Since they are knit from the top down, I can knit until I run out - I'm going to get at least a 3/4 length sleeve, if not full length, so I'm happy about that.

There's one final decision to make, and it concerns Red Green. I've avoided trying it on, as the plan was for it to be a gift for a good friend at Christmas. Last night I tried it on. Sigh. Not only does it fit me perfectly, the colour is spectacular on me, and the it looks great.

So, do I give it away, or keep it?

(Actually, I'm leaning to option 3 - make another one! I have some blue wool for one, and it's virtually the same colour as Tappan Zee. Sue looks great in blue as well as red... But I'll probably just give her the red one, and make another red one for me - this one was always going to be for her... Then there's also the cream coloured wool for one, and man, would it look good in black or grey... Must order more Briggs and Little Wool... Decisions, decisions...)

5 comments:

Needles said...

Faded jeans is a colour all its own. Underrated IMHO.

Lucky Canuck said...

If you don't love it, don't finish it. You may never wear it and end up frogging it eventually anyway. Frog it now.

KnitTech said...

I've come to the conclusion that if I don't like something, I'm not going to waste the time finishing it. It mostly applies to books, but sometimes carries over into knitting. Go with your gut, you're usually right.

Knit and Purl Mama said...

I prefer cardigans too over pullovers. That's too bad you dont have enough yarn for the sweater. Your LYS is out of the yarn!? OR wherever you bought it? What about trying Ravelry to see if anyone has in their stash for trade or sell or if they're willing to part with some yarn?

Carol said...

So...many..decisions...brain...hurts...