Monday, October 11, 2010
What to do, what to do?
A quick overview: I have $250 worth of gorgeous alpaca yarn and a half-finished sweater that I learned during the Fit to Flatter class is unlikely to look even remotely flattering on me. So now what do I do? Here are my current options:
Finish the Melrose Peacoat as planned and be done with it. During the F2F class, Amy Herzog suggested that this design is unlikely to look good on me given the double-breasted front panels. I think she's right. I love the pattern, but perhaps it's best left to the skinny chicks of the world. Regardless, I could finish it up; I have both sleeves and the back completed. All I'd have to knit are the fronts. But is this the best use of my luxury yarn? And would I ever wear it?
Make a boring seed stitch bordered cardigan and be done with it. My next option: keep the sleeves and back from the Melrose peacoat and make myself a cardigan with a seed stitch border on the hem, cuff, plackets, and neckline, something like the sweater below. It would be okay. It would be fine. It would be boring. Again, is this the best use of my luxury yarn? And would I ever wear it?
Knit a Norah Gaughan coat with modifications. With my acres of bulky-weight alpaca, I could whip up Lafayette, a funnel neck Norah Gaughan creation. I really like it, but I'm afraid of the collar. With my two-inch neck, I suspect it would ride up uncomfortably and drive me nuts. I also would need to eliminate the belly gape inherent in this coat, which would mean abandoning the double buttons, moving the opening to the center, and adding buttons down the front, but that's no big deal. Here's a quick mockup showing how the buttons would look. I like it. But again, is this the best use of my luxury yarn? And would I ever wear it?
Be brave and stitch up a form-fitting pullover. My last choice - and the one that requires the most bravery - is knitting the Lia Pullover from the latest issue of Knitty. I'd have to get over showing my curves, something that always makes me nervous. But more importantly, I'd have to make some spot-on mods to upsize this from the largest size - a 50 inch finished bust size - to a 60-inch finished bust size with even wider hips. I've been soliciting opinions on the Ravelry F2F forum and getting mixed opinions. But one thing to consider is how great BrownGurl looks in her Lia. After seeing her sweater, I just might be able to pull this off.
No matter what I do, this gorgeous red mound of alpaca can't be relegated to stash. I must find a solution. What do you think? I'd love to hear your opinion.