Friday, April 1, 2011

F.r.O.g Friday

Courtesy of the cold/allergies from Hades, there is nothing new or exciting to celebrate on FO Friday.  

I could be happy, because it is "Jimmy Johns" Friday also, around here.  But, it is difficult to get happy about having your favorite sandwich for lunch when you are still a mouth breathing, red-eyed, chapped nose girl that still can't taste anything.  (Sorry about the mental pic, just keepin' it real!)  On the plus side, while my Dietitian brain balks at and becomes quite belligerently pompous about the bad-ness of this effect, the vain portion of my brain is secretly loving and embracing the snot induced weight loss incurred.  For the record, and to appease that nasty MS,RD,LD part of what used to be my life...DO NOT ATTEMPT WEIGHT LOSS THROUGH SNOT!  'Nuff said.

Now, just because there is nothing new that has come off my needles, doesn't mean there isn't something else up my sleeves (besides a Kleenex stash).

Today we are visiting an item to F.r.O.g.  (wasn't that clever, with the FO in the frog...allright, yes, I am still drugged and in this state things sound funnier in my head).

The very first item of clothing that I knit for myself was a basic garter stitch sweater.  Super easy for a beginner.  It was with this item that I learned how to seam up pieces (complete with the painful lesson of learning to make sure you actually have the sleeve on the table before you seam up a side, lest you accidentally seam up the whole side and then realize you forgot to put the sleeve on DOH!)  

The yarn used was Cascade Venezia Bulky in colorway 105.  It is a truly lovely yarn, being merino wool and silk, it has a nice hand.  But, gee whiz, it is heavy heavy heavy when knit up!

Do I love this sweater?  Not really.  I love the yarn, the color, the buttons.  But, it is simply too boxy, too heavy, too not something I love and want to wear all the time.  Add to that, it has a glaring newbie error in the back, that is driving me insane.  

Where's Waldo the error?

As soon as I get it all unseamed, the frogging will begin followed by a lovely soak to wash that sweater right outta my fiber.  A couple of options for the yarn after it has recuperated are:  Shalom Cardigan and Juliet.  What do you think? 

Go to Tami's, people there are not nearly as snotty and have had a much more productive week.


  1. I do like the Shalom Cardigan - I've not seen an ugly-looking one yet.

    Oh, but I've just been and ogled the Juliet projects on Ravelry... I think it would look great in either pattern, so whichever one is going to look best on you.

    Feel better soon!

  2. Boooo to allergies.

    The cardigan is beautiful and I love the color and buttons.

  3. Argh! Allergies are awful but Jimmy John's always hits the spot.

    Yikes! I don't know if I could tear apart an FO. So far anytime I have to tear out, I've asked someone else to do it for me. I am too emotionally attached.

    I can't wait to see the beginnings of the new project with that pretty yarn though.

    Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

  4. Oh, your post made me laugh out loud! I loved all the visuals your words conjured up.

    My vote would be the Juliet.

    Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

  5. I love both the Shalom and the Juliet, but if I had to choose, I would probably go with Juliet. And I do love the color and the buttons!

  6. My vote is totally for the Juliet. Love love love it! :)

  7. Sorry you're not feeling well, but this is a very funny post.

  8. OH, tough decision ... The first one is nice, but the second one is nice too ... hmmm ....

  9. Those tiny little stitches are driving you crazy? Girl that sweater is gorgeous. Love the color.

  10. Being sick is no fun but I had to laugh at your post. I have both Juliet and Shalom in my faves. I think that the Shalom is more wearable but either would be great choices for that yarn. Great color. Hope you feel better!

  11. Good for you for repurposing that yarn! I always feel guilty when I look at things I knit with really expensive yarn into things I don't love. Thanks for the motivation, the frogging may begin around here soon. Happy Fiber Arts Friday!



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