...I began my 2005 retrospective. As I mentioned in a previous entry, I'd like to hear how people's projects held up over time. Did the yarn perform well? Did the wool pill? Did the cotton fade? Did you decide the style was awful on you after all? Did the gift bomb? Did the gift succeed? Etc., etc., etc. So often we see a finished project, ooh & ahh, and then....out of sight out of mind. Well, I intend to drag it all back out for your inspection...the good, the bad & the just plain ugly. :::wink:::
So - heeeeeere we go, in no particular order.
Red Lace Cardi:
This is the second sweater I made from that pattern and I loved it just as much the second time around. This was a gift for my Bio-Mom and, to date, I don't think she's worn it. She bought a red dress that exactly matches & looks like a million bucks, but last I heard she was still about 10 lbs away from being able to wear the set. I would call this one a success - she loved it, I loved knitting it & I know it'll be worn eventually. :)
Ok - the reason you never saw this one modeled is because I looked like a freakin' whale in it. It was so embarrassing that I've kept those pics as my "before" pics for my diet. Seriously...I've never taken worse pictures in my life. Someday I'll post 'em, but not now - the horror is still too fresh for me to share! But....when I put on the sweater now, it looks really nice! I've worn it to work twice and it's warm, enveloping, and just funky enough to be "me." I used Elsebeth Lavold's "Patine" for this (a dk weight) & it's really the thickest yarn a crocheter can use without the end result being too bulky to wear. IMHO of course. :::wink::: Suffice to say, I love the sweater now so I'm glad I didn't let the ugly pictures influence me to throw it away!
(I'm still plump in this one, but at least it's not whale-like! ha!) Bottom line - this is a huge success story. I've worn the heck out of Uxbridge this year. I finished this last spring so put it away until this November and it's the cardi I reach for again & again. It's comfortable to wear as a coat down to the high 30's and it looks great. The wool element is a little scratchy, but not too bad. Yay! I'm really thinking of knitting another nice, thick, cabled outer-wear-type cardi. Love, love it.
But for every success, there must be an "eh:"
I liked the pattern, I liked the yarn, but the acrylic is too icky to wear next to my skin. It fits much better now that I've lost weight, but it's just as scratchy as wool would be! This, sadly, will probably lanquish in my closet for a long time. I could wear it over a long-sleeved shirt, but that's not really a style I favor. So...the verdict is...."eh."
A semi-success was had with "Spray:"
I used Wool-Ease doubled for this sweater and although it fits perfectly and is one of DH's fav colors, it's just flat too hot to wear in our climate. Especially if you're inside. He could use it as an outdoor sweater, but he insists it's "too nice" so it, like Zia, lanquishes in the closet. I'm thinking I need to force him to wear it. Every time he reaches for a sweatshirt, I need to push this sweater into his hands instead!
So - there are the first 5 with 25 or so projects to go. Here's an update on 2005 Cardi #26:
I'm 13" in, with 3" to go before the armhole shaping. This "Vacation" yarn is surprisingly soft when knit & is fun to use. Hopefully this will go in my "success" rather than "eh" column when complete!
Next time....the next 5. hehehe...Who will be voted out? Which sweater will make it another 3 days on the island?