Way back when, I posted about how I ripped out my very first sweater which fit poorly and I never, ever wore. I wanted to save the yarn though, which is the very fine Noro Silk Garden. Good yarn, way too good for that sweater.
So now I have a boatload of Noro that I’m not entirely sure what to do with! I want to make a sweater this year and don’t particularly want to buy new yarn. Help me choose! I’d love to hear any and all opinions, comments, email, whatever.
Here’s my current favorite option:
This sweater has been on my to-knit list forever. I love it, I really do. It’s just my style and I’m sure I’d wear it all the time, IF it fit properly.
The only problem is I’m not sure Noro is going to work well. I think it will make small stripey bands at the center of the jacket but as the jacket gets wider… well it’s one huge circle with sleeves, basically. So the stripes are going to get narrower and narrower and eventually probably just be… variegated and not striped, if that makes any sense. So it won’t look like either of those sweaters. It’ll look… different. Probably pretty, but different. And I’m just not sure that’s the best use for this yarn, ya know?
So, I went in search of other options.
-> The Lotus Cardigan caught my eye. I love the shaping. I haven’t seen many of these made but the ones I have seen look kind of sloppy (check it out on Ravelry if you’re on there). It might be more work than I’m ready for since it doesn’t have the usual shaping. I think it would definitely show off the yarn though, if it works.
-> The Taos Diagonal Jacket also caught my eye. Great stripes, not horizontal (very important!) but perhaps a bit too… business like? For my daily life?
-> Finally, the Rayne Wrap looks interesting. It’s basically a wrap with sleeves. I do think it’s beautiful, but I ponder that it is actually that wearable. I love wraps in theory, but in reality I tend to grab cardigans. I’d hate to spend all that time, energy, and boring stockinette only to not wear it!! It’s one of the few patterns I’ve found that actually calls for this yarn though, so that’s something.
->Oh, okay, fine, one more option: More Stripes Vest. This one would be fun because a) it would be easy and b) it uses steeking to make the stripes line up on the front, and I’d love to try that. However, I couldn’t tell you the last time I wore a vest! Plus this one looks sort of sloppy as well. So… eh. Not sure. Plus I’d have a ton of yarn leftover, which really wouldn’t be that helpful.
So…. I’m not sure! Any thoughts? Opinions? Other options I haven’t found yet?