Tuesday, February 10, 2009

cardigan done!

I finished this sweater a few days ago. I think the knitting part of it turned out okay but, I'm not too excited about the design. For one, the collar is too wide which makes it floppy. Perhaps I need a fastener on top.

I am also unhappy about the yarn situation I first wrote about here. After months of waiting for my yarn to come in from Uruguay the yarn still did not match. Now I am extremely pleased that the Sheep Shop Yarn Co. was nice enough to care to attempt to dye yarn to match my strand and send me double the amount of skeins necessary for free so I feel bad complaining but, it was not what I expected. I have been told that red which is present in this shade is the hardest to repeat and red is obviously a component here.

I will try to keep this short but, what happened was this:

I only bought 3-4/5 of the yarn needed for my project and thought it would not be hard to acquire the rest but, it was. I bought a few online that I thought would match but, turned out too dark however I held onto them anyway. Then I waited for the yarn to come in from Uruguay and when I did it was too light. Basically, the dark color didn't appear in the original and the one from Uruguay had the original color present in it but neither had the variegated tones and none had this one shade the original had.

What was I to do? I thought about ripping it out but, it didn't seem right after all the anticipation and waiting around so I finished it and striped it. It doesn't look horrible and in certain lights one may not even notice it. Will I wear it? I'm not sure yet.

What do you think I should have done? Does it look very noticeable?


Amelia Plum said...

i don't think it's all that noticable, if anything it looks like the effect was intended. I love the color of it, looks very pretty. i see what you mean about the floppy color but maybe you can fix that with a nice pin.

melissa said...

i think the color looks nice, and the variation isn't noticeable. i see what you're saying about the neckline...that would drive me crazy! i would try closing it up with a brooch or something, to give it some more structure. i think overall it's a really cute piece! :)

kristi said...

i think it's beautiful, and i don't think the color is noticeable at all. it's just that you have spent so much time with the yarn that you are seeing it. but seriously, i don't think the rest of us would notice a thing.

i am really into chunky, artsy or vintage buttons. i wonder if that could work on the collar?

Amber said...

I love the color! Didn't notice the variation either. Would it work to weave a satin ribbon through the collar and have it tie at the throat? That could be cute if the wide collar bugs you.

Anonymous said...

block the crap out of it to make that neckline behave! then, yeah, rock it with a big-ass button to make it even more spectacular.

the color variation is not noticeable. enjoy it and forget the back story--it's loverly.

amy said...

i love the color! and i agree with the others, try a nice pin or button for the collar.