Saturday, February 24, 2007

Opinion Requested, Please!

I really hate to sound all wishy-washy and indecisive.
However, I find myself in a very wishy-washy and indecisive place right now, and I was hoping that you all could help a girlfriend out...



I've been wanting to splurge a little and make something kind of luxurious. So yesterday I picked up this absolutely lovely yarn (at Knitch, naturally!)

It feels like a dream - and it's actually quite dreamy to knit with. And so very, very very soft...
(So much so that I would love to make a sleeping bag out of it and snuggle up in it and just cocoon... )

But since that seems hardly practical, I thought I'd start small - with a scarf.

And what I want to do is something simple, something classic.
Kind of timeless and rich looking.

So I decided to go with a simple cable. That's classic, right? Timeless...



But - is it also boring? A bit staid perhaps???

I keep going back and forth - and this is where I call upon your help.
Feel free to be brutally honest* - classic or boring? Is this rich and luxurious-looking? Or rather pedestrian and I can do better?

I've not invested too much time in this so far, so I can frog it if need be. It will, however, take a chunk of time to complete - and I don't want to invest the time if I'm headed down the wrong path...

I've been eyeing a few other ideas - like the Broken Leaves, and the Spiral (which I know is not really "classic" in the traditional sense of the word, but I think it might be quite cool!) Even the Knitty patterns "Branching Out" and "Wavy" are catching my eye.

Thank you so much - I appreciate your opinions!



*But not brutal! My fragile ego is still smarting from being called a spoiled brat a few posts back. :)

But I still love you, Capello...

14 comments:

editrix said...

Perhaps not surprisingly, I am a big fan of the IHS, and I think the yarn you're using is a perfect fit for its squooshy softness. True, it's not the most challenging or intricate pattern out there, but it looks great with almost everything and is sooooo warm and cuddly. And sometimes, you need a project that you can work on while watching really good movies or talking with friends that's not so complex that you end up goofing and ripping it out!

Sarah and Jack said...

I like the cables.

LLA said...

I need to edit this to add that I've got nothing against the IHS - I, too, am a big fan.

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(I believe that I actually did say something to that effect over at Flickr simply because I didn't want anyone to think I was anti-IHS!)

3 to get ready said...

Your cables look great!

But really, shouldn't it be what YOU want to do? If you're looking for a good-looking scarf that you can whip out, you've got one right there. You can be proud of it whenever you wear it.

But if you've done it already and are going to get bored with it (let's face it, scarves are A LOT of the same thing), then try something different. You should enjoy yourself! I think Backyard Leaves by Interweave Knits is gorgeous, but you'd probably have to buy the pattern. That may be more involved than you wanted.

Bottom line: once it's done, what are you going to think when you look at it? I really like it? Then great. Or, I wish I'd done something else? Not so great.

Good luck!

autum said...

I like the cables, really better than any of the others you listed. The broken leaves was pretty and I like the one 3 to get ready suggested. I''m not a fan of the spriral or wavy. All that said, if it's for you, shouldn't you do what you like?

Rohanknitter said...

Well, I think it's classic and non-boring. If you want something where you can really snuggle into the softness of the yarn, I think the IHS is a good way to go. That said, the broken leaves is pretty and I love branching out - I've been wanting to make that for a long time. But I don't think either of those would be as squooshy soft as an IHS. Of course if you've already done one, maybe it would just get boring?

Christy said...

The cables look great lla. I like the idea of doing a "classic" in a luxury yarn. But, like others have said, do something that you'll like and enjoy wearing every time you put it on!

MéLisa said...

I love cables. I am no knitter so to me it is very impressive that you are able to do that. I personally don't think that they are boring at all & like Christy said I like the idea of a classic in luxury yarn.

Debbie said...

personally I think it looks classic. The branching out pattern would probably look very good with that yarn too. On Brooklyntweed blog, I saw that he had knit a shawl in (believe) DK yarn instead of lace yarn. The shawl looked the same but different and I thought much more beatiful in DK weight yarn that the orginal lace weight.

Debbie said...

me again!
Here is the link to that cool shawl Brooklynntweed made
http://brooklyntweed.blogspot.com/2006/09/shetland-triangle.html

capello said...

wha? that was meant to be joking, not ego bruising. sorry. please forgive me.

and i love what you've already done. i think it's beautiful.

jen said...

well i'm a person who took cashmere blended yarn and made a long long narrow scarf in SEED stitch (ultra boring) for my close friend. But it's quite beautiful and the seed stitch no matter how boring the damn thing is made the super soft yarn soooooo yummy and nice and classic looking as well.

i thinkt he cables are nice. but you really should go with yer gut.
i like really simple stuff for classic looking things..more like an unpattern.
plus i will make you some dpn wallets you can email me if you like.

beki said...

It looks pretty classic and non borning to me. I like it!

bekka said...

late to the party and you made your decision days ago. i think cables are smart.