Back in May last year I fell in love with the idea of knitting a yellow cardigan. Given I have nothing yellow in my wardrobe, I was suspicious whether this was true love or just a crush.
At the end of May I visited Proper Woolly and after a fair bit of uming and aghing , I bought 3 skeins of 4ply yellow blue-faced Leicester.
I still wasn’t sure I’d done the right thing, and boy did that yarn know it. Despite sitting hidden out of sight in my stash, I could feel it somehow watching me, asking, ‘Was it really a good idea to buy me?’
Between reassuring myself it was a fine idea, I hunted for a suitable pattern. When July swung around, and I still hadn’t found one, I decided to make one up. Pulling out a pair of circular needles, I cast on and began to knit.
However, the problem with making up your own patterns is that you have to concentrate and calculate – especially if you make half of it up as you go along. So I couldn’t just pull this WIP out anywhere and knit the next row without any real thought.
Somehow the combination of having to think hard and the yarn still whispering, ‘Was it really a good idea to buy me?’ led to my WIP to become a not working on WIP aka part of the UFO pile.
With the new year’s arrival I’ve been looking through my UFO pile and thinking about my approach. Last year I took a procrastination boot camp approach to my UFOs. This entailed not following the usual wisdom of tackling the easiest UFO first, but tackling the UFO I least wanted to work on first. Last year it was The Beast in the Box.
Last year, not only did I tackle the beast in the box and win, I believe that if I hadn’t worked that way, it’d still be hanging around unfinished, whispering and draining my creativity. So this year I’m taking the boot camp approach again. But this year, it’s the Beast in the Bag…
And guess what?
Oh yes, this year the project I least want to tackle is the yellow cardigan.
Considering my options I can:
- Complete it using the pattern I started with.
- Frog it and knit a different cardigan – but what pattern?
- Frog it and knit something else – and if so, what the heck can I knit with 1800meters of bright yellow BFL?
- Frog it and put it back in my stash – leaving it to whisper unnerving thoughts and wink knowingly each time I rummage.
- Find a new perspective to stop the unfinished cardigan nagging.
What what option would you go for?
Any pattern suggestions, cardigan or otherwise, for this yarn would also be gratefully received.
Thanks for reading 🙂