Well, I can't exactly count this as a loss. It's finished. It's cute. Hopefully Carol and the cousins she's gifting it to will like it. For me, it's one of those "nobody will know but you" moments. Sure, but you will know. It's not about the seaming, I'm over that. I went to re-do it last night and found I was accidentally undoing the bottom band. I quickly stitched the sucker back up and moved on.
Natalie sold me on the buttons and she couldn't have been more right. I'd gotten lazy about the whole affair and was thinking red. When she picked these out, I thought Get on outta here, crazy gal. But the more I looked at them, the more I saw the genius.
As far as the pattern goes, it's great, if a little fussy. I was just so happy I could use the worsted yarn I had on hand that I didn't brace for the seaming, or how much eyeballing I'd have to do to make the sides, sleeves, and buttons even. Probably they're still off. I think if you're going to knit this, you should definitely knit an extra front panel or two. That's the fun of it, and why it's called Presto Chango. I just made Presto. I thought I might do the Chango, but no way.
Last night while sewing on the buttons, I wondered where my intense dislike of this sweater was coming from, and you know what? It's mostly the yarn. I used Dark Horse Fantasy, an acrylic with a smooth, soft feel, very nice to knit. But, alas, I must now own my true feelings about acrylic yarn (Fantasy is actually 50% nylon, but all the same). Me no likey. I like Plymouth Encore, but it's got the good sense to have 25% wool in its content. Smart move, Plymouth people. My heart bleeds for people who can't wear wool at all. I have some sensitivity to it myself, but bump that, I love the stuff. We should bow to sheep.
You can't block acrylic; I don't care what anybody says. It's mushy but not squishy. Sadly, I have the other sweater on hand for comparison, and there is none. Even superwash wool blocks well, has spring to it, and is very forgiving. I want to pet that sweater all day long; it feels that good to touch. Because acrylic has no memory or elasticity, it sings out nah-nah na nah-nah to every mistake you make. It was all I could do not to take the iron to Presto Chango to get it shaped and smoothed like I wanted it (people do iron acrylic, but I could see the sweater melting before my eyes). All that said -- Who knew there was an anti-acrylic crusade burning inside of me? -- Dark Horse Fantasy remains a good choice if you like or have to use acrylic. (But c'mon, must you?)
All the little pains, including the yarn and seaming, have combined to make this my least favorite of the sweaters I've knit. That's not so bad. I don't hate it, and you can't love them all.
Let's toss this one on the done pile and get on with more making.
Size: Hmm. I'm not really sure, but it's pretty big, so I'm guessing 9-12 months.
Dark Horse Fantasy, #20, Cherry
Size 8 Denise Interchangeables
Buttons from Michael Levine's Fabrics, Downtown LA (Thanks, cool mama Nat.)
Thrill factor: Eh