My craft enthusiasm plummeted after I finished my mom's fairy quilt. Finishing projects, especially big ones, is pretty anticlimactic for me - I really am a process crafter and get most of my enjoyment out of that, not the finished product. I enjoyed making the fairy quilt so much that I have plans to make one for myself. (It was actually the plan all along - I bought some medium-brown fabric for my fairies' hair, as my fairies will of course be brunettes.) I'm not quite ready to start that - the hot days of August are not a good time to be ironing in the craft room.
I also have no idea what to do about this next project. I finished spinning enough yarn for a sweater a few months ago. I rarely knit with my handspun, so this is pretty exciting. Here's what I have:
It's a really lovely bulky 2-ply merino. I was completely surprised how it spun up - the roving didn't look like this at all. The reds and light blues were completely hidden until I actually plied the yarn. I have 630 yards. I'm planning a pullover, maybe EZ's Seamless Hybrid. But I'm worried about the yardage. Very worried. True, it's a bulky yarn, but 630 yards doesn't seem like enough. So I figured out the rough dimensions of the sweater, thereby figuring out the number of inches of fabric I need. According to my estimates, if my gauge is 3 st./inch or fewer, I'm in the clear. Extremely close, no wiggle room, but in the clear.
So I'm thinking maybe we need a little contrast, maybe a sleeve stripe, or different colored cuffs. Here are my options:
My gut reaction is actually the blue, because I think the red is a bit much and, well, a bit predictable. Jimmi and Kyra both vote for the red, and Jimmi pointed out that before I make a concrete decision, I should spin up some of each and see how that turns out. Which is smart, but it's too hot to spin, so it won't be done immediately.
What says you?