I do realize I tried this once before and it didn't go very far, though that was 100% the fault of the yarn, and not me. At least I'm not taking responsibility. The pattern itself was working out perfectly, but the yarn was just one big brown blotchy mess. I do intend to make that top again someday soon, once I find the right, non-blotchy, yarn.
But here I am in that place again. I have zero aspirations of becoming a designer, but designers just don't seem to design what I want most of the time. I'm not much of a lace girl. I'm not a puffy girl (well, I have my puffy days, but I mean I don't like puffy sweaters). I'm not a boxy-sweater girl, nor a drop-shoulder girl, nor a lot-of-embellishments girl, nor a too-short-too-severe-hips-and-waist girl (a la Kim Hargreaves patterns. I love her patterns, love her sensibilities, but my body does not match them. Does anybody's?)
Yes, I realize I could modify patterns, but why? Why not just make my own simple sweaters the way I like them, then?
Why can't designers read my mind? And WHY aren't they all standing in LINE waiting to design something especially to my taste? Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I hardly EVER knit, and I sound like I'm impossible to please. Sigh. I'm really not. I have just figured out what I like, and I have a damn hard time finding it sometimes.
Anywayyyyyyyy. My daughter wants me to knit her a sweater that is "wearable to work." That's about all she gave me to go on a while back when I asked her. She is not working in Manhattan anymore, as she was when she made that statement. She is attending law school now.
But long story short, I sort of had to get out my magic decoder ring in order to try to figure out exactly what she meant. The opposite of me, she seems to eschew cardigans, though if I asked her about that, she would probably not have an opinion to express about it. I have to just look at what she buys herself over and over again, and wears over and over again, and go from there. Basically, that is a v-neck, close-fitting little sweater. In this respect, I realize, she is exactly like me: I have determined what is "my style," and I, too, buy and wear the same basic shapes over and over again. I totally get that. But that is not to say that I won't crash and burn with this attempt at what I think is exactly what she likes.
Having done a quite exhaustive search of Ravelry patterns and all the books I own, and getting too tired from looking for what I have pictured in my own mind and finding nothing of the kind (or if I do find it, it's in the wrong gauge, or there is some other problem with it, such as it's in a book that I don't have and I want to start YESTERDAY), I just decided to wing it.
I adore the baby cables that Thea put on the Golden Vintage Cardigan (Ravelry link), so I'm using those. And the rest is just a simple wearable slim-fitting pullover sweater in a luscious stretchy cotton yarn with a v-neck and cuffs embellished with that same little cable, to my daughter's measurements. I hope. Well, this is supposed to be for Abigail, but I sort of hope it turns out too big for her. Maybe I'm figuring the math wrong. Heh. KIDDING! I hope it's just right for her and I hope she loves it. Or if she doesn't, that she GIVES IT BACK TO ME. Oh, I slay myself. I do. Anyhoo.....
Oh, how I love knitting with Calmer (this is my third garment in this yarn, and if anybody has a sweater's worth of it in the color "Tree," I'll take it off your hands. I am in the market for it, but not at full price!), and this color is soooo restful on the eyes. It's called "Pool," and that's just what it feels like. (There is really a touch more yellow/green -- just a touch -- in the real thing. Like robin's egg blue, I'd call it.)
That is the progress for one evening of planning and knitting, and it was pure bliss. I'm knitting it in the round up to the armholes, and it's flying! Sorry, Mom's Shetland Fair Isle.....I needed something soft and smooth to knit for a while. Don't worry -- I will finish you someday.
Had my almost-weekly dinner and knitting with Joan last night, and made some additional progress. Am well into the waist shaping now....
...and did my first-ever Russian join. It was fantastic, and you seriously can't tell where ball one ends and ball two begins!
Doesn't that sound a bit racy?