Monday, August 22, 2005

therapy (or, how I am spending my birthday cash)

OK, that last post annoyed me enough that I actually got off my butt to post this one, which I have been meaning to do for some time now.

My mother-in-law, previously heralded here as The Best and still the undisputed holder of the title, sent me a totally superfluous check for my birthday.

Now, to me, birthday cash should be spent on something decadent. Definitely not on groceries, and not for clothes you would've bought yourself anyway. So this cash isn't just going to fund a purchase, it's funding a project. It's time to get back to knitting, I'm thinking. And for the first time in decades, I'm going to make a a sweater for myself.

The question is, which one?

I love this one, from Fall 2005 edition of VOGUE knitting.

It will knit up quickly in Thick&Quick on 11 needles; I adore the seed-stitch. I love the elegance of it. The hilarious thing is that the Thick&Quick is such a durable, machine-washable yarn that I am thinking of making it in the ecru. Who cares that I'll be wearing it as a schlep my kids hither and yon? Everytime I put it on, I'll feel glamorous. There's a lot to be said for that.

But there's still something to be said for this one, which is from the much-less-glam but still OK October 2005 issue of Knit'n Style.

DH doesn't like furry fluffy collar and cuffs, but I do. I wouldn't make this in the red-and-black; I'm not exactly sure what I'd do -- maybe black-and-white tweedy, with black cuffs & collar? It's coincidentally also in the Thick&Quick on huge needles, and the collar and cuffs are done in the fun fur that I've worked with before (it's a blast).

Which, do you think? If I can catch the yarn on sale, I may just do both!


Sheik Yerbootie said...

I like the first one, but in the red and black motif on the second.

nina said...

Oh, the top one! Its very un-schlep-the-kids-around nature is so appealing!
(does it get cold where you live?)