Sometimes a pattern pops up that I just go nuts over. This is one of those patterns. So simple. So classic. Yet unique details. And a gauge of 16sts over 4 inches! Yay! Something I can finish in a week! I have been obsessing over it since it came up on Ravelry. So then I became obsessed with finding the right yarn for it. Sometimes this goes horribly wrong and I end up somewhere else completely. This is happening again. Here is how it went. I started looking forward at the Fall 2011 color report and trying to figure out what color and what yarn to use. The pattern calls for an aran weight yarn (O-Wool Classic) but uses US#7 needles to get gauge. I don’t have any idea how that is going to happen, so I am going to operate under the normal rules of gauge and assume that I will need an aran weight yarn and a US#9 needle to get gauge. Here are options that I uncovered this week:
And then there is QED by Sanguine Gryphon…I really really want to knit in that yarn but we have so few colors left in stock that I wasn’t coming up with anything that was quite right. And then Kate (Dragonfly Fibers) showed up…she drove down to bring us a huge shipment of Blue Face Worsted. I found the color Hidalgo and couldn’t put it down. I am obsessed with it. But now I think that it isn’t the right fit for the sweater. So now I am spending hours of time on Ravelry searching for a pattern for this yarn. Wait, how did this start?! Didn’t I have a pattern already? Why has this Ravelry black hole sucked me in. The yarn is “marinating” on my desk. If I am still obsessed tomorrow and still obsessed with the pattern, they are just going to have to work together. One more project that I don’t need to start can’t spiral into two more.
For those who are interested, here are the project details:
Finished measurements: 36 (40, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60)”
1100 (1200, 1300, 1400, 1500, 1600, 1600) yards of heavy worsted / aran weight yarn