This year I joined Me May May, pledging to wear one garment I had knitted each week that I never or rarely wore, and to reflect on why I didn’t wear it. Since the weather’s supposed to be getting warmer at the end of the week, I started with a sweater – just in case the weather forecaster’s right. If you’re a regular reader, you’ll recognise this as one I finished in February:
I have worn this since I finished it, but only in the house, when I’m not expecting anyone, or to walk HRH when it’s covered by a large coat.
So why don’t I like it?
- The colours
- The neckline – although I was pleased I achieved a good neckline when I knitted it, for me I think it’s too high around neck.
- The style feels too masculine.
- The yarn doesn’t just pill, but puts out wispy threads – and that’s with hardly any wearing.
So, what have I learned from that?
- Don’t buy yarn that ‘will do’ in a hurry – I bought this yarn when I’d run out of easy projects and needed one.
- I think I’ve ‘grown out’ of this neckline and this style of sweater. I had a rummage in my wardrobe and I also have two similar style RTW sweaters I rarely wear.
- Don’t buy that yarn again – which I wasn’t going to anyway, since I didn’t enjoy knitting it either!
And what am I going to do with this learning?
- Always have some variegated sock yarn in my stash, so if I want an new easy project I can start on that.
- Think harder about how my ‘style’ is changing as I grow older.
- Give myself a good smack for allowing myself to forget it’s madness putting all that time and work in on a sweater if you don’t buy good yarn!
I’m really please with how much I learned from thinking about just one sweater. Thank you Me Made May 16! 🙂