Have you ever woken up one morning and suddenly decided that you really really wanted a certain yarn in your stash to just be gone? Not that you don't like the yarn anymore, or want to throw/give it away, but the idea of all those balls/skeins sitting in their little tub doing nothing just drives you mad? Yes? No? Maybe you think I'm a bit crazy now?
A little while ago, I bought several balls of Rowan Calmer on sale. The yarn was destined to become a Nothin' But A T Shirt from Magknits, but I got gun-shy and never got around to starting it. One ball became a Shedir (Rav link), but the rest of the yarn languished in the stash. Every time I opened up that particular bin I'd pull out the yarn with the vague feeling that it was mocking me. And I got sick of staring at that particular pink colour.
So despite having knitted several failures in the sweater department, I finally bit the bullet and began my Nothin' But A T. I've got the back done so far, and I'm a bit worried about the gauge. My gauge is slightly tight (I used to be the loosest knitter in the world, it seems that I've tightened up some over the years, I could probably spend another post psychoanalyzing this phenomenon) so I'm wondering if it will end up being too small? But perhaps I could block it out? And this cotton is rather stretchy? And maybe some negative ease would be a good thing? Or maybe I'll lose some weight (please)?
For the shoulder/neck shaping, I tried doing short rows instead of the step-wise bindoffs. It looks like it sort of worked, I guess I won't find out until the finishing happens.
At this point I'm basically knitting this thing to have the yarn out of my stash. Yes, I'd love to have a sweater that fits, but I'm also just happy that this yarn is being made into something. Of course, if it ends up being an utter disaster I'll probably still be upset and REALLY vow to never knit a sweater ever again. =)