I write in the throes of a dilemma!
Having reached the halfway point on the border of the Driftwood shawl, my thoughts are turning to what to knit next. A certain something has been sitting at the number one spot in my Ravelry queue for sometime now: Cherry (Ravelry link) by Anna Bell.
(image from Flickr)
When I first came across this pattern I fell in love with it immediately. The little bird cables give texture throughout the garment without screaming “wintertime” or adding too much bulk. Overall, I was charmed by the almost 1940s charm of the thing.
In a move which has I’d never made before and which I have yet to repeat, I bought the pattern straight away, even though I had a full-size blanket, shawl and jumper on the needles already. My mind was made up that I wanted to look just like that pretty lady in the picture!
What’s more, I went further, buying up enough Rowan Silk Wool (a merino-silk blend) to complete the project. This was no mean feat, requiring dye-lot coordination across two stockists, including one online shop. I even set about finding just the right buttons to set off the silver-grey colour of the chosen yarn.
In an absolute shock move, I even swatched, modifying the stitch pattern in various ways to see what different effects I could get. More surprisingly still, my gauge was spot on using the needles stated in the pattern and the sample square looked beautiful.
Only now, after all of this (terrifyingly successful) preparation did it cross my mind that the sweater may not be at all right for me.
For a start, it’s not the kind of thing I usually wear at all. As a rule I steer clear of short sleeved jumpers. To my perhaps overly practical mind, it seems a little silly to have a layer for extra warmth whose arms are missing! In hot weather, I’m far more likely to go for a sleeveless affair (as my tan lines from yesterday’s spell of sunshine – a.k.a. British summer in its entirety – testify).
Moreover, it has a waist while I do not. My instinct says that this conspiracy of factors can only lead to disaster. Drawing attention to my absence of inny bits does not seem at all sensible, and we all know that I aim to be as sensible as possible at all times.
Finally, it has seams. Seams. As in “sew up the seams”. Translated into Katie-speak, this reads as roughly “leave in a cloth bag to fester while you distract yourself with more knitting until some years later you have changed shape and need to start again in the next size up!”. Plus, I won’t be able to try it on as I go along so I’ll be in suspense until the last minute. Again, doesn’t bode well for project satisfaction levels.
Now, given that I’ve identified these factors which would mitigate against my trying Cherry out, you’d think that I’d have abandoned the idea, cut my losses at £3.50 on the pattern price and come up with another use for the yarn.
Have I done so? Absolutely not! Against my better judgement, this is still likely to be my next knit.
I apologise in advance for any blog-based swearing in the coming weeks!