I fashioned a question mark out of Manos because I dunno what to do about my Hot Lava Cardian. I spent a ton on the yarn, finished it up in about two weeks, but I simply do not love it. The construction of the garment is unique and ingenious -- unfortunately, you couldn't really try it on or measure it as you went. It's not that any part of it is too small or too big. It's more that it just looks a little funky. I'm not crazy about the spine down the back, and stitches go in so many different directions that it's distracting. (Not sure if I'm putting that properly into words.)
I tried blocking it to shrink the back a tad and stretch the bodice, but it doesn't lie flat and, as the pattern even says, it gets its shape from your body. So trying traditional blocking didn't do the trick. I'll have someone take a pic of me in it soon and you folks can help me decide. Maybe it just needs to grow on me. Or maybe it's still to warm to try on finished objects in wool.
Since I spent so much on hot lava yarn, and considering all of the terrible things going on in our country right now, I really don't feel right rushing out and buying tons of pretty yarn for a new project. It just seems like a time to enjoy what we have and not be such blatant consumers. So I dove into my stash and started working on this:
Yes, yes, it's a shrug. I gave in. I'm too weak to resist the pull of the shrug.
I really dig the idea of using a cute vintage pattern, but no sooner did I cast on than I began questioning my choice. Folks over at Craftster have been trying to come up with the ultimate circular shrug, and Keridiana whipped up a prototype that someone just transformed into a beautiful little number. Doh!
My boyfriend and I visited his family up in Massachusetts, so I got some quality knitting time in during the drive and a few hours on the beach in Nashua, N.H. (I did not knit during the Red Sox game. But the weather was resplendent, as was the company, so it was O.K.) Here's my progess thusfar: