At The 2009 TTC Knitalong I treated myself to some beautiful cotton and linen from Americo. It was enough to knit their Rose Sweater and came with the pattern. I immediately bought all the required needles, at a fair expense, and cast on. The body went along like wild fire until it got to the shaping. It was odd. So I left it alone and I cast on a sleeve on the prescribed needle, a short circular for knitting a tube shaped sleeve in the round. It was awkward. I was fighting the needle. None of the measurements or yarn requirements were working out either. Slowly, it dawned on me that this was a very badly written pattern. Bad math combined with awkward techniques equals unsatisfying knitting experience. In frustration the whole project got tossed in a bag and onto the closet floor where it has languished ever since.
Guilt drove me to pull it out last week. I studied it for quite a while and knit a bit more. No good.
Then I remembered the reason I bought the stuff in the first place. It's the yarn. I love the feel, the colour and the drape of these two types of cotton. I love the way they play off each other. I want a droopy sweater made from this fibre. I needed to get back to the yarn.
Basically, this is just a stocking stitch pullover with a round neck. I've knit one or two in my day so why was I becoming a slave to the pattern? I ripped back to the armhole shaping and started doing my own math. I added length and then shaped the armholes the way I like them. I dislike shoulder shaping so I just didn't do it. The body and neckline are now done. The stupid, ill fitting sleeve has been ripped out and I've cast on sleeves the way I prefer to knit them - two at a time on straight needles, top down. When I run out of yarn, the sleeves will be done. Then I can insert them flat and seam. See? Simple.
Funny how just looking at a project differently turns it around completely. I'm enjoying this project again because I remembered that ultimately it's about the knitting. And the yarn.