I decided today that it was cold enough for me to wear my purple sweater, which needs a turtleneck underneath, making it a very cold weather only sweater. While I was getting dressed I realized that I really like the pattern I used for the sweater, or at least the overall idea. The sweater was kind of Kimono inspired, with a large waistband and draped sleeves that go a little past the elbow. It’s very comfortable and cute, but obviously there are a few things I would change about it. The biggest issue is the waistband, because while it’s very pretty and cinches nicely, I’m pretty sure it took nearly two skeins of yarn all by itself. And as much of a waste that is, it’s also just plain frustrating to be knitting and knitting and not get anywhere. I need to think of something that I would replace it with that is a different texture than reverse stockinette, but it’s overly complicated. There are a few other little details and shaping issues that I’d want to fix, but the waistband is my biggest complaint.
In addition to the purple sweater, which I made this past spring, I also made a sweater for my friend Rosy around the same time, and two winters ago I made a long cardigan (which I used completely the wrong yarn for), and I can’t forget my most recent – the sweater dress. But thinking about this made me feel a little better, because I’d been feeling bad about how infrequently I publish patterns, especially compared to someone like Glenna C. In reality, I designed a lot of things over the last two years that I just haven’t spent the time to write up and publish. Part of that issue is that I’m still not used to writing for multiple standard sizes. And there’s the fact that I don’t seem to plan out a pattern fully before I start, or even write it down as I’m knitting.
Going through Working Diamonds has been nice, just doing the calculations and seeing how things work out. I’ve nearly finished the front, which I need to measure to make sure it matches what it should be. And I’m a little worried that I’ll run out of yarn before I finish, so I might just have to order more yarn from KnitPicks, bummer. Also, taking pictures on the metro doesn’t work as well as it should.