August 17, 2006

Good news and bad news

Good news: I finished Sonnet! After over two years of on and off knitting she has been completed and seamed together.

completed Sonnet

Bad news: There is something structurally wrong with her. She is unwearable. I don't know if I chose the wrong fiber (cotton) or if I did goofy measurements (likely) or if it is just a style that isn't going to look good on me (why oh why am I attracted to boxy, shapeless patterns when I am a woman with curves?).

Sonnet is a cute pattern that was actually pretty fun to do. It is knit in garter stitch sideways. I used Elann's Endless Summer Collection, Sonota in the Seashell colorway (see the serendipity here? How could I have resisted?). It is a lovely mercerized cotton and I love the colors. It was supposed to be a beach cardi so the fiber and color were/are perfect.

One thing I really liked about the Sonnet pattern is that it doesn't matter what gauge your yarn is, there are formulas for working out the measurements. But I think the combination of the cotton (no memory) and my shape (deliciously curvy) made this a bad pattern choice for myself.

The neckline comes down so far it skims the nips. And the whole thing hangs very awkwardly and looks more like an attempt to bandage my torso than an attempt to swath it lovingly in beachy-colored cotton for seaside comfort. I'm not sure this cardi is supposed to hang at all. I think it is meant to be more form fitting.

This is a crushing disappointment because it was acres and acres of knitting cotton and I really did need the cotton cardi. This is why I like baby sweaters vs. sweaters for big people. The size of the disappointment.

There is more good news however. This does take a big project out of the "to do" basket and frees up a whole set of needles. I'm not sure I can face this fiber again. Anyone want to trade for a gigantic torso bandage and about 920 yards of left over cotton still in skein-form?

I'm totally not kidding.

April 02, 2004

I Have No Self Control

Which I'm sure comes as a shocker. Rather than beat myself up for it I think I'll just rationalize. Some of the more disciplined knitters designated certain nights of the week to work on UFOs and others have a rule that they can't start a new project while working on another. (insert raspberry noise here)

Last night was Thursday and I designated it "Knit Whatever the Hell I Want" night. And since I always follow through with things, I knit whatever the hell I wanted. I cast on for Sonnet.

Sonnet cast on

I ordered this fabulous cotton from and was planning and agonizing about what I wanted to do with it. It is the loveliest colorway of cream, champagne, brown, grey and sage green. I'm like a miser with new yarn, I just fondle it, look at it and never spend it. Well, this time I did! I printed out the pattern for Sonnet some time ago thinking it would be cute for my Aunt, then I thought about it for my Mom.

Last night I decided it should be for me! And wouldn't it make a great beach sweater? The colors are perfect. This yarn is Sonata, Endless Summer Collection (hey, I can take a hint, the word summer is even in the name!). It is exclusive to elann. 100% mercerized cotton so it has a nice sheen to it and isn't sticky like my cotton yarn I use for dishcloths.

It doesn't have the give wool has but that just means my chest muscles are sore this morning. SEE? Isn't it the perfect summer sweater? It is even giving me a workout! I love it already.

We leave you with the obligatory cute-dog picture. This is Kayla. Hopefully Mom is checking in with the blog once in a while so she can see her fur-girl.