Tuesday, February 21, 2012

When in Doubt

This summer while vacationing in California we traveled to Sequoia National Park. The forests were beautiful and truly awe inspiring. While camping there, I started a sweater for myself. I had selected a basic pullover for the pattern and some beautiful Quince and Company yarn. The sweater flew off the needles as bulky yarn is quick to knit. I modified the pattern very little and was pleased with the result.
As I wore the sweater my initial pleasure was replaced with discontent. The neckline was huge. Not one to give in easily, I grabbed some extra yarn and my crochet hook. With hooking instructions from the Yarn Harlot I added some stability to the neckline. This helped a bit, but the fit was still not quite right. I decided it needed better shaping, changes to the yoke, more length, and different yarn. I set the sweater aside.
As the time has passed, I keep thinking about the gorgeous yarn and the cast aside sweater. I tried wearing it again, but still wasn't pleased with the look. A few weeks ago, I started browsing Ravelry. With some searching I came up with three other options for the yarn. With the yardage available in the sweater, I could knit either the High Line Scarf, the Modern Garden Cardigan or the Iced Cardigan. I thought about frogging the completed sweater, and I stopped. Did I really dislike it that much? I do, so I frogged the sweater, and it actually felt so good. I now have the yarn balled and ready to make into something new. I am still trying to decide between the three patterns, which is fine. There are still two projects on my needles and a long queue to knit. Still the yarn is calling. It wants to be something beautiful. So, which would you make?

(Joining Ginny for the weekly Yarn Along. The above tinking was the biggest knitting accomplishment for the week. As for my two live projects, I am almost finished with the Holden Shawl. I finished the suggested repeats and am now doing another section of the lace, since I have a lot of yarn remaining. The sweater has only grown an inch or two. Reading is hit or miss. I am having a hard time focusing on one book, so I have been reading a page or two from several).

10 comments:

  1. What a lovely memory sitting watching the children and doing some crafting.

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  2. what pretty peaceful photos, i love the knitting beside the beautiful river. i love the sequoias.

    i love that you decided to make something you will really wear and love (although i do like that sweater on you!). all your choices are lovely and i just know you'll decide on the best use for your wool. for now you can enjoy those lovely balls of yarn, just waiting!

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  3. I have frogged an entire sweater many times because of the fit or just something I did not like. I always put it in time out before I rip just to make sure. Just think of all the "new" yarn you just gained!!

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  4. Okay, while I do like both cardigan patterns that you picked, I really like the look of Iced! The Iced pattern doesn't look too 'fussy' and I think it would love great on you and with the yarn you have. Can't wait to see how it turns out.

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  5. Definitely the Iced. I think you'll run into the same problem with the Modern Garden as you did with the original sweater (neckline stretches too big after a while).

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  6. i think the color would look love with the garden sweater. :)

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  7. Oh frogging - the bane and boon of knitting, I suppose. I guess, it's always better to make something that you're happy with otherwise all that work and beautiful yarn is in vain. I think either cardigan is fine for different reasons - the one because of the decorative stitching and other for its wrap and button style. Difficult decision.

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  8. The sweater looked good on you, but I can understand having to frog to make something you'll really enjoy. I really like the Iced pattern because it would be something you could pop on in the morning, during a cooler spell of weather, on the way to the park and take off as it warmed up. I also like the Modern Garden, but the neckline is kind of open like on your former sweater and it might not sit the way you want it to.

    Good luck!

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  9. lovely pictures, I think the Modern Garden sweater is very interesting...

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  10. Oh, I love the Sequoia National Forest! We went camping up near Hume Lake last summer, and your photos bring that all back . . . it's so beautiful there. Whenever we drive through King's Canyon, I feel like my heart falls into the canyon and never quite comes back to me . . .

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