I started knitting with Amy Butler Belle Organic, a heavy worsted wool/cotton blend. Goodness, is this yarn a delight. It knits up plushly and becomes even more so after blocking. I was certain this was a good choice for the pattern.
I knitted up to the colorwork portion at the top of the sleeves and then I started pacing in circles. Unhappy with the colorwork, I frogged it back and started again. And again. And again. It just didn't look right to my anal-retentive self. With wool, the yarn forgives and naturally fills in little spaces between stitches. But this cotton/wool blend does not behave. Twists and turns show up everywhere. Or so I thought anyway. Now I look at it and wonder what I was thinking. It looks fine, don't you think?
This all happened several days ago. Ever since, I've been wandering around wondering what to do. I like the Amy Butler yarn but not particularly the colors, which seem like teal and salmon from the 1980s (although maybe they're all the rage now, who knows). I prefer the color in the Remix swatch, but unfortunately that color isn't availabe in the the Amy Butler yarn which is being discontinued; there are only a handful of color left.
Now I'm wandering around my own personal labyrinth trying to figure out which yarn to use. It's a conundrum. I'll let you know when I decide. Let's hope that's soon because I'd certainly rather be knitting than worrying about knitting...