I spent yesterday hunkered down with my Noro sweater project (Lucy, from the Naturally Noro book by Jane Ellison, in case you wondered) and made good progress. Most of the left side is done. After the other sweater, I couldn’t handle doing the whole back only to discover I didn’t like it – so I am doing the front first. 59 stitches wide is less daunting than 88.
As for the other sweater, not even blocking would help it – plus it can’t be blocked yet, it would need the band of edging around it first. What happened is that I thought I knew better than the pattern – so I shortened the sleeves, but now they are too short. So to get them in the right place, the body is all wrong. Plus my gauge was slightly off – although that should have made it larger, not smaller. In the end, the Brooks Farm 4-Play is a *beautiful* yarn with lots of softness and drape. The sample that I saw was knit with a stiffer yarn, something more like Cascade 220 maybe? The pattern is part stockinette and part garter stitch, and the stockinette part is lovely. It shows off the yarn really well. The garter stitch part? Looks very blech next to the stockingette. All in all, I just don’t like it.
I already have a nice, plain cardigan sweater pattern picked out for it. It will be reborn into something that I love.
Sometimes, you just have to know when to let a project go and move on to something better. Even if it means ripping out half a sweater.
As for the throat – today I have moved on to the dry, hacking cough whenever I talk. Lots of liquids are being consumed. Sucrets are my friend.