Remember Ravi? Cute Cardigan, in garter stitch, 3/4 sleeves, shaped hem? Well, Ravi is no more. I love the look of the design and there are no problems with the pattern, I just wasn't wanting to work on it. When that happens, I know its time to take a serious look at the project, because something is bugging me. With Ravi, I was afraid it wouldn't work for my wardrobe.
The suggested yarn for the pattern is Socks That Rock Mediumweight which I was using. It's a sport weight yarn but because it's designed for socks, it has a lot of twist and is a very dense yarn. I wasn't quite through my first skein of it yet, but the part I had knitted just felt heavy. This was exacerbated with the garter stitch - garter stitch compresses in the vertical direction and it's not a flat fabric - it has horizontal ridges. It almost works like something corrugated and will trap body heat accordingly. I could tell that with the density of the yarn and the texture of the garter stitch, this would be one warm sweater. I love warm sweaters and yes, there are times when you can wear warm sweaters in Texas. I don't see much use for warm sweaters with 3/4 length sleeves though. If I need a warm sweater, I want long sleeves. I know I could have knit long sleeves, but the 3/4 length sleeves just seemed perfect for Ravi. I didn't want to change that. So once I admitted all this to myself, it was off to the frog pond with Ravi. I might try again at some point with a less dense yarn, but for now, I'm moving on.
I've already chosen and started a new pattern with the yarn and this will be much more suited to what I can wear here. I'll give you a peek of the new project later this week. Oh, and I mentioned spinning over the weekend in Friday's post. Max was unfortunately in full Wrecking Ball mode over the weekend so I chose not to spin - thought it was safer for everyone involved. Maybe sometime this week I can get out the wheel. He's got to sleep sometime (other than at night, which he still does, all night long, under the covers, sideways).