Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Call Me Crazy...

But I went ahead and joined the Olympic Knit team....

A part of me says "yeah, sure Lisa....sure you can finish this in 16 days....who are you kidding?????" Well, I dunno, probably not anyone who has read my blog much. Yes, I start a lot of things and no I don't finish them very fast...if at all. I have knitter's ADD or something.

Well, truth be told, as soon as the project isn't "perfect" anymore, I tend to lose interest. This is a character defect I am working on, believe me.

So what do I want to knit in 16 days? Well....it's supposed to be a challenge...ahem. I want to knit my 17-year-old Kayla a Rogue Hoodie. I have the pattern....I made one for myself all the way to the arm holes...but then problems ensued. Don't remember the problem, but something threw me off track. Later, looking at the project, I knew deep down I didn't really like the fabric my yarn choice was creating. I had picked Cascade 220, which is pretty much my all-around favorie yarn...but I had problems getting gauge and the fabric was just....limp. I liked other knitters versions of Rogue in Cascade 220...but mine was just...eh. I loved the pattern...and I want to make one for myself as well one of these days.

So...I'm thinking Paton's Classic Merino. Then...I looked around online and saw a few people feel like this yarn pills...while others think it's the bomb. Then I started second guessing myself....maybe this wasn't a good choice....until I've made myself crazy. I've only worked with PCM on The Braids Cardigan...and while this is not finished, I love the fabric that is working up. Sometimes, when I smooth it out to admire (uh, check for boo boos) it....I just sit there and fondle it a bit. A lovely, squishy yarn...shows cables well (at least on this project)...100% wool...and available inexpensively online. I've yanked The Braids around a lot, in and out of bags, etc while working on it...and it continues to look fab. Other yarns have looked much less fab with less ill treatment. So...I think Paton's Classic Merino it will be....in a light gray. If I don't second guess myself to death first.

Can I really do a whole sweater in 16 days? Hell, can I do a whole sweater AT ALL???? I have no whole sweaters to boast of....zip...zilch. This WOULD be a personal challenge ....fer sure.

Anyone have any opinions on the Paton's??? My second choice would be Bartlett fisherman wool...but I've never used it....any thoughts on that one???

Why is making a choice so hard for me? And not just in yarn choices...in ANY choice...sometimes, I make myself so crazy I don't buy ANYTHING because I can't make an effing choice....arghhhhh.

6 comments:

Chris said...

Welcome to the Crazy Club! :)

I'm having a hard time figuring out what's challenging and what's going to be insane and impossible. But I hope that doing this gives you the little "kick" on finishing a project!!

snowballinhell said...

Stephanie said that swatching was considered training. Swatch the hell out of the yarns you're considering and see what you get.

Ryan said...

I can say this 'cuz we're friends 'n' all so...light gray?! Are you nuts?!

I mean, the Knitting Olympics are already going to be challenging enough without having to spend 16 days staring at light gray. Come on, girl; at least pick some other solid color.

Oh, oops. Did I say all that out loud?

Norma said...

Well, ya know....I did my daughter's Rogue in Cascade 220, and it's fine and all, but as you say, I think it's LIMP. And I have a lot of experience with Patons, and I like it also, but it's got pretty much exactly the same gauge and properties as Cascade. I personally feel this sweater needs a yarn with more oomph to it -- in true Aran weight, which is not the same as these light worsteds. I felt and saw Teresa C's (Knitting the Blues) one made in Green Mt. Mohair, and it was AWESOME. And it was not brand new and had been worn a LOT by the time I saw it, and it was .... say it with me...AWESOME. The only problem is, Green Mt. Mohair is a bit on the pricey side. But that's what I'm going to make mine out of, eventually.

Just some things to consider.

Cheryl said...

I have Paton's merino in lt.grey and it is so soft I just want to keep touching it...
mmm...

Kenny said...

I say go for it!!! I'll cheer you on.