Friday, January 15, 2010

Is how I feel about this next project.


I actually love the details and how the thing worked out, but want to to play with yarns a little more before it's ready for the Big Time. I love this Jaeger, but in the end, I think some oomph is needed. Can you see how the taupe is a little flat? Maybe even if I had made it in a brighter solid, I'd be feeling the love. The taupe is lovely, but in the end, it might need something a little busier. Or bright accessories? What do you think?

You can totally tell I haven't committed by the simple fact that there has been no button selection. I don't even have the urge. Pretty telling, don't you think? Usually I hear that siren song long before the knitting is even ready.

In the meantime, I'm going to call this guy a Prototype and put him on a Fall schedule, which will give me plenty of time to play around until it feels right.

Instead I've picked up a different packet off my desk and have begun a new swatch. After this, I'm going to play with texture and a bright color!

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And hey, let me say THANKS so much for all the commentary on the Short Lucky and White Russian! Hugely fun. Can't wait to see them on your needles.


12 comments:

Katinka said...

Regarding White Russian, I've got a bad case of *holycowsoprettymustcastonthisinstance*. :) Looking forward to the pattern!

Abbey said...

re. that Hmmmm-ing taupe - A lovely design, but does need a bit of "punch", yep. Do you enjoy working duplicate stitch? Why not try a couple of small lines, maybe around some of the edges, in a snappy color, something really shocking perhaps...? Personally I'd try a single line of very bright yellow and one of a nice salmon pink right next to the edges of the front only. Or you might try working a new version using colored cables or perhaps the rib sections, a very slightly different color - my pref would be for a tweedy variant on the main color, but one with rainbow-ish bits in it.

Thea said...

Ooh Abbey! Way to think outside of the box -- I never even considered embellishment... Thanks so much -- Thea

and Katinka, Thanks for your kinds words too!

(blogger didn't give me emails for either of you)

Chris said...

I'm not a huge taupe fan in general, though it's probably because I look terrible in it. However, I think it's a lovely color on this great sweater and I think a big, dark wooden button would be awesome. Then I'd wear my big dark wooden bracelet and ring and say "hey! This taupe sweater rocks!"

CelticCastOn said...

I like the taupe myself maybe something other than buttons for a closure?

Anonymous said...

You might not be crazy about this--I think the design rocks!! I am not a taupe fan myselft, but I do love the design.

Hilary said...

I love the design and I think the taupe is a very nice neutral...maybe some bright buttons? Or wearing it with a cool, bright scarf?

Ednamar said...

Olá,lindo trabalho o tricot é mesmo maravilhoso...bjs bom fim de semana

Sarah said...

Color. I vote for color!

: )

Anonymous said...

NOPE, you all wrong! This thing totally rocks just the way it is. I would so wear this constantly. It needs big brown buttons, maybe the leathery looking ones with the basket weave design on them. It also screams for a dark brown shirt underneath. (a deep aqua or a salmon colored shirt both would work great with this as well~all my colors) Put it on with one, take a photo, and I GUA-RAN-TEE success! I am SEEING this thing! The only deal~ I am assuming you stopped the cables on the left front in order for buttons to go on, but it bothers me, and I would want them all the way up. Just cause if I wanted to unbutton it would be finished, or is this the type of design that would stay buttoned all the time? We need to see it on your body!~Jan

Kym said...

I'm seeing big black buttons. And then layering this over black. I like neutrals together.

Thea said...

Hi Jan - and everyone else. :-)

I stopped the cable because it got too bulky when buttoned. You wouldn't wear it unbuttoned, and the bump over one boob was weird. Originally both sides had cables and the buttons were inside one side, the holes the other. Totally gave you padding. Funny.

As for the other color commentary, I have started playing with buttons and I'm warming up. Might sew some on and wear it to my knitting group tonight and see if anyone says Boo. but I think I'm going to knit this a few times - one tweed and one vareigated colored yarn - and write it up so it can be done any of the 3 yarns! Thanks for the comments - you have no idea how much I love em! Thea