I’m an awful decision maker

which is probably something I’ve written on this blog, one way or another, a million times. but really, it takes me a long time to make decisions. once I do though I go full force with it. let’s take my next project as an example.

next project?
I’ve been carrying this little doodle around for two or three years now and didn’t finally swatch it until last summer. looking at my files I can see I typed out a rough pattern in july, so what has been the hold up? I did drag the yarn up with me during christmas, but just didn’t get around to it. I finally whipped this swatch out again last month just for me to question the gauge I was going for. maybe it’s the brat in me that wants this now!now!now! or I just love to second guess myself. maybe I just have commitment issues.

scale swatches for body and sleeves

anywho, I originally swatched this on 3.25 mm needles, which are the needles stated on the pear tree merino 4ply label. I really like how delicate the little scales look, but worried if I would be able to wear this sweater this season. veronique, in all her genius, suggested swatching with bigger (faster!) needles. wha? why would I do that?! ohhhh.

stockinette swatches for yoke

I ended up swatching with 4.5 and 5.5mm needles and was surprised that the fabric didn’t look too airy which was a worry of mine. it would definitely be a lot faster (pro), but I’m losing the little scales (con). is the texture as interesting with the larger needles? I think I decided that I’m going to go with the 5.5mm, though I’m already talking myself out of it. I just have to rewrite the pattern for the new gauge tonight and maybe I’ll actually cast on for this sweater this weekend.

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  • grumperina April 9, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    That yarn, with all its delicate flecks and fluffs, looks amazing! Good luck with this project, no matter what gauge/pattern you choose!

  • Stephanie April 9, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    I’m not that smart – this is not news. But why do you have to lose the scales with the larger needles?

  • ysolda April 9, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    I actually kind of prefer the texture at the looser gauge – the tighter one looks much denser and more appropriate for something like a jacket.
    This whole story is very, very familiar!

  • lucinda April 9, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    for what its worth, i prefer the smaller needles. i like th fabric that it creates. good luck!

  • mai April 9, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    GREAT color!! i think i like the size 7 needles best. the size 4’s would probably be too stiff, right?

  • Stephany April 10, 2009 at 12:32 am

    I love love love the yarn! I didn’t realize you wrote your patterns! (I’m not the sharpest tool in the shed.). I can’t wait to see the finished article!

  • MJ April 10, 2009 at 1:56 am

    It depends on when you’re wearing it. A dense, stiff fabric suits the colder months; an open, looser fabric the summer months.
    Two years! Make it, woman.

  • Rain April 10, 2009 at 5:05 am

    Glad you chose 5.5 mm. I’ve got the same question as Stephanie, why do you have to lose the scales? They’re so cute and give such definition to the yarn.
    But then again, I’m no pro but someone who just dreams of designing stuff…. =(

  • Monet April 10, 2009 at 9:02 am

    I love the look of the fabric on the smaller needles. I can’t wait to see the final product!

  • Marisol April 10, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    Oh my – I LOVE this and I happen to have 10 skns of turkey –I purchased from you remember…. Maybe they were destined for this little pretty number:)

  • Veronique April 10, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    Anytime you need a genius, I’m right here! πŸ˜‰
    I love your yarn. The flecks are gorgeous…

  • Lisa April 10, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Love the green! I love the little scaly pattern too. Is there a needle size that’s a bit bigger that you can still keep the stitch pattern?

  • Caro April 10, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    Where did you find the journal with the mannequin already drawn in? That’s genius!

  • tiennie April 11, 2009 at 2:33 am

    It is going to be beautiful! I really liked reading your process on this. Can’t wait to see more!

  • Heather April 12, 2009 at 7:24 am

    Oh I just love this so much–perfect yarn. Now hurry up and knit it:)

  • Diana April 13, 2009 at 10:17 am

    I like the scales too, they complement those little fluffs in the yarn. lovely yarn and color πŸ™‚

  • Trisha April 13, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    I am SOOOO with you. I’ve put off submitting anything for publication (besides Knitty) because I can’t really draw all my great ideas out….Now I’m actually able to draw things that look like the designs I envision. It seems the process takes FOREVER! Ugh..
    On the plus side, for you the thinking and marinating seems to take a lot longer than actually doing it. Given that, you are 85% done already!

  • Seanna Lea April 13, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    That’s a wonderfully plush looking yarn at both gauges, though it does look like it might turn into yarn cardboard at the tighter gauge.

  • Smokey April 14, 2009 at 11:13 am

    Wow, that’s pretty yarn. Gotta go ravel that!