Remember when I was lusting after this gorgeous springy cardigan? I decided to knit mine in the very same yarn the designer used, and I have to say- the yarn is really the most amazing thing about this knit. Not that I don’t like the cardigan, but it just wasn’t quite as flattering as I was hoping for and the band which runs along the outer edge was so fidgety. I had to re-do it three times, and although I still don’t love how it falls, I decided to let it go. Who knows what my problem with this cardigan is- it might be the way it fits my body, or it might be an issue with my gauge (however I didn’t let my lack of enthusiasm for the sweater hold me back from taking pictures- the setting here in the DR is too good to pass up- so please indulge me! besides, it is not everyday that I have a willing photographer- thanks mom!).
Here’s the thing that I struggle with when it comes to knitting- I am essentially a tomboy at heart. I love nothing more than throwing on jeans and my favorite perfectly worn gray t-shirt. Occasionally I glam things up with a dress (always in jersey or cotton!), and if I’m feeling extra stylish I’ll top it off with my favorite old jean jacket and a pair of earrings. I don’t wear any fussy clothes, never have, never will. And I realized upon completing this cardigan that I don’t wear cardigans. Doh.
So far out of all the things I have knit, the Antler sweater is really the only one that fits my style. I tried knitting some shawls but I’ll be honest, they never get worn. I do wear the hats that I knit, so there’s that. But I am having a tough time figuring out what kind of knitted item I would actually wear- another sweater, a knitted tee (already cast on, so here’s hoping)? Who knows. You end up spending quite a bit on yarn, so I feel it is important to knit something that will 1) fit nicely and 2) be stylish enough to wear without feeling like a grandma.
“Well why not knit for your boys?” I get asked all the time. I’ll tell you why. They never wear anything I make them. Their style preferences tend toward the cotton side of things- mainly the same soft, worn pair of cotton Gap sweatpants and a t-shirt. They are completely hopeless when it comes to hand knits. And they are stubborn- they won’t wear anything that they don’t want to wear- not even to make their mom happy. Luckily my friend has a baby girl that I can knit for…so there’s that!
In the future, before I get pulled into a knit simply because it looks so cute on the model, I’m going to think about what I really need to add to my wardrobe. I do think the tee that I’m starting will be an adorable addition to my summer wardrobe, but from there, I’m not sure. I’m deciding how I’d feel about knitting the same Antler sweater again in a different color combination, but honestly, isn’t part of the fun exploring new patterns? My goal this year is to learn colorwork, so perhaps I will attempt some cool Icelandic sweater or something of the sort. Any favorite projects that might suit a tomboy like myself, send them my way!