I feel completely "phneh?" about it. The yarn is kinda busy. I was concerned it would be too small and/or completely unflattering and I find it bordering on both. (Let me assure you, this is a very misleading photograph and may not accurately capture the true bulk of the sweater. I don't normally have such impeccable catalogue-model posture!) While I probably wouldn't be described as exactly big, I still don't enjoy looking bigger than necessary. Why then, did I choose to knit an super-bulky weight cabled cardigan? I've been asking myself the same question and here are my answers.
- I frequently allow myself to be mislead by pretty pictures. Show me haute couture crumpled on the floor and I'll walk right on by. Slap it smack dab in the middle of an artfully styled photograph? "Oooh! Pretty!"
- I frequently misjudge/forget my true body shape. I'm beginning to think this may just a part of being female. Sometimes I feel as big as a beached whale, sometimes I feel like I'm (as my granny would say) a skinny-minnie. Whatever it is, it can often get in the way of choosing appropriate clothing.
- I am frequently blinded by bargains Finding yarn in a thrift store makes me as giddy as a kid on Christmas. Unfortunately, sometimes my need to turn someone else's trash into treasure doesn't always work. Sometimes a bargain is a bargain for a reason.
So for now it's going to hang out in my closet with all the other things I don't wear but don't have the heart to throw away. It was a quick knit, and given the $6 cost of the yarn, it wouldn't be heartbreaking if I decide to frog it. Well see - I'll have to chew on it for a while (not literally - I'd risk developing hairballs).
My Anastasia socks are coming along:
I don't like sock patterns that involve a lot of fussy detail AND variegated colours. One at a time, you know what I'm sayin'? Hence, I think this pattern is perfect; enough detail to prevent boredom, but not so much business that it gets in the way of the yarn. It's Socks that Rock for heaven's sake! It doesn't need dressing up!
In an effort to knit up some of my stash, I'm working on finding the right pattern to design a scarf with my Manos:
I'm sure Barabara Walker will come up with something. The tail end of winter may not be the best time to start knitting a scarf, but hey - there's a winter every year. At least I'm guaranteed the scarf will fit!