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May 13, 2010

What's Your Sweater Quest?

Lynn brought up a great question in the comments of my slam review of Sweater Quest.

"It did get me thinking about my own Sweater Quest. If you were to take on this type of project, what would your sweater be? Mine is Foolish Virgins by Kaffe Fassett. For which I have the original Rowan kit, carefully packed in mothproof wrapping, so no worrying about whether it's "real". It will probably go in my coffin with me, unknit."

I have been thinking about this for the last few days and I really don't know what my answer is. There are many sweaters that I'd like to knit and I know I have the skills to knit but I don't have the patience or willingness to be fully engaged. Take, for example, my Giant Latvian Mitten Cardigan. It's my one of oldest WIPs and the last time I worked on it was last July! It's probably my most ambitious knitting project. It takes a lot of mental energy and stamina to knit. When I sit down to knit in the evening I consider knitting it then end up choosing something easier. Something that doesn't require any though.

Some possible Quest contenders would be Morrigan (the pattern was published three years ago and there are only five completed sweaters on Ravelry and one was the sample from the book!) or maybe Am Kamin. I even knit a swatch cap for Am Kamin over two years ago but never got started.

What about you? What's your quest?

10 comments:

Emma in France said...

I would love to knit Morrigan someday too. Have you seen Royale?
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/royale-2

It's got a lot of the same elements but I think may be slightly more flattering.

Sarah said...

Alice Starmore's St. Brigid would be mine.

CozyStitches said...

I would find a deep v neck cardigan that was worked in one piece from the neck down, worked in fingering weight yarn, with 3/4 sleeves that fit plus. Add to that list would be that it be free (or inexpensive but have a ton of projects so I could really see how it looks on amples) and take no more than 1500 yds....

Let me know when you find this magical sweater...sigh...if not found by like this weekend I'll be swatching to design one...ugh...

Mary Lynn said...

The Viking boat sweater
http://knittingbeforeknittingwascool.wordpress.com/2009/11/04/free-viking-boat-sweater-pattern/

The pattern is for a jacket but I wanted to make it as a pullover. (I never can leave a pattern alone) I finished the sleeves (I always do the sleeves first - two at a time on double circular needles) and realized that the gauge with the yarn I had was all wrong for this sweater. It would have been huge. So I made a simpler body to go with the finished sleeves and the dragon boat is still on my someday list.

Jennifer said...

Mine is a Starmore -- Rheingold (in the Dunkeld colorway, shown in the wrap). http://www.virtualyarns.com/designs/outofblue.asp

I have the kit and everything -- but I wanted to get a simpler stranded sweater under my belt first (which is kauni, on the needles since forever).

Mel said...

St. Brigid and Morrigan have both been in my queue and I have the patterns for both. As a knitter, a scarier challenge for me might be knitting from a kit - a Bohus or the like - or a Fair Isle with lots of different colors. Meg Swensen's Phoenix Cardigan or a couple of Tudor Roses (Mary Tudor or Henry VIII).

For all of the above, it seems like the amount of time spent finishing the project might be my biggest road block.

Grace said...

Mine would be a Bohus sweater--any one but I really like the green apples one!

Caryn Lantz said...

Mine would be "Alpine Sunset" from "Sweaters from Camp". I've got the yarn and everything...just sitting, taking up a lot of valuable real estate in my studio.

GinkgoKnits said...

I have to agree with the Bohus goal. I will make one but now isn't the right time to buy a kit. I'd also love to make an intricate Fair Isle sweater. I can't say I have a Starmore sweater I'd like to make (the cabled pieces are more appealing) but I'd love to create something with all those color transitions and smaller peries.

In a more immediate quest, I'd like to find the focus to make one of Barbara Gregory's sweater (particularly Ormolu) but I don't think I'd last long doing all the slip stitch work.

Dr. Steph said...

St. Brigid. But modified. A friend just did a fitted v-neck version in sock yarn and it's so beautiful. I love the cables. I've owned aran knitting for 12 years and yet I never even start.