Time Out

I ordered some gorgeous yarn from Sundara in March, intending to make the EZ February baby sweater.

sundara yarn
sport merino in cherry blossom – yum!

I was a little concerned going in — handpainted yarn + lace? Not always a good match. But since the yarn is only two colors — pink and brown — and is more weighted to pink, I thought it might work.

Well, now I’ve pushed this sweater to time out, just for a little while.

yoke + lace
the front
yoke + lace
the back

I love the pattern and I love the yarn. I just don’t think I love them together. I think the brown overpowers the pink and that even though there isn’t nearly as much of it yardage-wise, since it’s a deep brown, it is what you see. Not lace.

Do I scrap it for something else (like a BSJ?)? Do I keep knitting until I have a few more inches of lace so I can really see how it looks? I’m not sure right now. Sometimes I look at it and I hate it, other times I like it fine. I’m not sure what I think right now.

Into the time out bin it goes — back to the wheel for now.

14 Comments so far

  1. Ashley on May 15th, 2007

    Hmm–I’d scrap it, I think. JulieFrick’s been doing some cute BSJs in variegated yarn lately…

  2. gleek on May 15th, 2007

    i would go with BSJ for sure.

  3. Adrian on May 15th, 2007

    BSJ! BSJ! You’re right- lovely yarn, lovely pattern. Not so lovely together. I think the BSJ will bring out the best in the yarn.

  4. kelp! on May 15th, 2007

    I fourth the BSJ idea – it would compliment the stripey yarn much better.

  5. Andrea on May 15th, 2007

    You could start a BSJ with a new hank to see which you prefer.

  6. knittingphilistine on May 15th, 2007

    Scrap! No question. The yarn is gorgeous and the pattern is awesome, but together they just aren’t happy. BSJ for SURE.

  7. Gina on May 16th, 2007

    I’ve been having the same problem with some blue/brown yarn I bought from Scout’s Swag. What is it with these mulit colored yarns? They look GORGEOUS as a skein, and then bam! My swatch (no garmet or lace, mind you) looks like I’ve been dragging it through the mud!

  8. stacey on May 16th, 2007

    I think the BSJ would better show off the yarn – all that pretty lace is getting lost in the variegation….

  9. joy on May 16th, 2007

    i’d have to jump on the BSJ bandwagon – and second Ashley’s comment about Fricknits doing some awesome ones lately!

  10. Kris on May 16th, 2007

    I would frog it also. Beautiful yarn, great pattern, just not this combo.

  11. Dipsy D. on May 17th, 2007

    I’d go with BSJ too!

  12. Carole on May 17th, 2007

    The yarn is gorgeous but I’m not sure I like it with the pattern.

  13. Holly Jo on May 17th, 2007

    I am going to be the dissenting voice here.

    I LIKE the yarn in the lace – not so much in the garter because of the strong contrast you mentioned. BSJ is in total garter soooooo I vote the yarn deserves another project all together.

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