I have been swatching. Not going to lie, it feels very strange to be back with the swatching, but I am enjoying my re-entry into this AWESOME HOBBY.
And no, there’s not really a problem with Madeline Tosh. Just trying to up the stakes here. I originally went with “This Photo of MadTosh DK Will Shock You.” It’s more a question of the problem that happens when that delectable yarn is used in the wrong way.
Right yarn, wrong pattern.
I have been wallowing in the prospect of Karen Templer’s Fringe Association fisherman sweater knitalong that cranked up last week. She is taking the concept of knitalong into another realm entirely, what with her superstar advisory board, how to/why to/where to info out the wazoo, and enough energy that I am going to surf on the momentum of it all as a way to get myself back in the swing of knitting for realz.
The official knitalong pattern is Amanda, but I decided to hold out for Brooklyn Tweed’s Fall 2014 Look Book to show up, which features fisherman sweaters as a unifying theme. Oh, MAN. I finally went with Veronik Avery’s gorgeous Spinnaker as my fisherman sweater pattern of choice. It’s cool. It’s got some cluster stitch action, which I keep calling cluster&*#@ stitch by accident which isn’t really very polite. And it’s sort of minimalist, which I’m in the mood for, and it calls for worsted weight yarn.
Totally artificial constraint: I decided I have to use stash yarn for this. (When is somebody going to write up a pattern for something that calls for 53 skeins of random weight, random fiber, random quantity yarn? This would really help me out.) I have very little yarn in sweater quantity, so I dove in with the two batches of yarn on hand.
I need your help on this. I see problems with both of these. This constraint is constraining me.
Swatch No. 1: Berroco Ultra Alpaca, shade I’m going to call Celadon. It’s greener than it appears here.
The cluster stitches actually look like little Screams. AAAAAAACK!
This 50/50 wool/alpaca yarn is a classic, but it really limps up once you give it a soak and a blocking. I love this yarn, but the halo and the drape and the general mintyness are not working for me. One nice thing: I did hit gauge on my second knitting try. Size 8! Cold comfort, I tell you.
Swatch No. 2: MadTosh DK, shade Mare (which, given the murky oceanic color, I’m taking to be Latin for “sea” and not mare, “horse who is a girl.”)
You see the problem here, right? It’s so so so so so so tempting to believe that a subtly shifting color is going to be so subtle that it doesn’t grok up a stitch pattern. I believed. I wanted this to be the yarn for this sweater more than I coveted my son’s Krispy Kreme donuts this morning.
And yet, and yet. This ain’t it. And the donuts all went to school with the boy.
What to do, what to do? I don’t have any other possible yarns in the house. What on earth can I possibly do?