Sunday, December 7, 2008


Is it fickle if you start out a project loving the yarn and pattern, and then realize partway through that you really don't? Or is it just open-minded?

I am not loving Autumn Leaves. It is almost done, actually, just one button band to go, and I would have had that done last night had I not spent most of the evening ripping and reknitting and re-ripping and re-reknitting the yoke and the first button band (which I sewed in and pulled out three times), trying to make it accommodate a button spacing that would please me. I finally decided that it was an exercise in futility, because it wasn't really the button spacing that wasn't pleasing me; it was the whole project. At that point, I set it aside, because nothing about the project was going to make me happy anyway, and there was a good chance I was going to start ripping with abandon just for the heck of it.

Here's the work in progress, almost done, and looking even less appealing in the picture than it does in person:

I don't think there is anything wrong with it. The yarn is soft and squishy and warm (although I think I need some sort of intervention to deal with my addiction to buying variegated yarns that I invariably hate when they are knitted up), the seams are perfect, and it fits properly, or will after a nice soak and blocking. I just don't like it. I think this may be a case of "looks fantastic on the 20-year-old model, but have you looked in the mirror in the last decade?" I have the feeling I'm just going to look silly in this.

Still, it's almost done, and I have a really hard time leaving anything unfinished, so I'll be knitting up and sewing in that last button band today and moving on to the blocking. I'll have to find some buttons that will work, too. And then I'll do an FO post and you can all tell me the truth about whether I should wear this in public, 'k?


sophanne said...

When you posted the yarn, I loved it.
When you posted the sweater, loved it too.
When you posted the yarn in the sweater with the yarn, not so much.

variegated::Yarnhog as chunky::Sophanne

Patty said...

I need to see it on to comment. I like the pattern and the yarn. Not sure about the combo. Will comment when you model!

Anonymous said...

Hmmm. Are the two sides as different as they appear in the photo? If so, no.

Perhaps your professed addiction to variegated yarn would be better served if said yarn were an accent -- fair isle yoke or a few stripes or something -- rather than a whole sweater? Just an idea.

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Will give a true comment when there is a FO picture :).

Unknown said...

Okay, you must be confined to bed and therefore all you can do is knit all day and I bet you don't sleep either. Such prolific knitting!

Kim said...

In the photo it looks like the fronts are 2 different colors. This yarn may not want to be this sweater. Could you do some of your over-dye magic and salvage the sweater? You can do it!!!