2. I helped a friend with taxes today. I helped him a few years ago, and got him hooked on the same site that I use to file mine. This year, he had a different employment situation, and I helped him navigate through that. I brought things to his attention that he hadn't thought of to put in there, and that will help him out.
3. I still have a little left to finish the Braided Cowl I was working on. I haven't bothered to take a picture of it, but I have to sew on a button, and I need to finish stitching the braids together. It's not really necessary, but it helps keep them flat and makes it look prettier.
4. I looked at my sweater that I started. It kind of looks like a hot mess.
I knitted the sleeves.
This is what I had previously knitted in a raglan sweater. And also what I have ripped (the giant ball).
And this is the section that is actually the "new" sweater.
5. Here's one part of my issue: I'm not following the pattern. The measurements I took are correct, at least I think they still are, and it was a custom designed pattern. However, when I started it the first time, it was a bit more snug than I think I really wanted. Being a big girl, "snug" is not really something I want. I wanted it to be slightly oversized without being baggy or sloppy. I chose an average fit. It still seemed a bit more snug than I really wanted, so I added a little more. Also, the pattern was written in pieces, to be seamed. I hate seaming. Really, I do. I want to be done with it once I'm done knitting it. I don't want to spend 3 more days putting the thing I just spent 6 weeks on together so I can wear it. I want to spend 6 weeks on it, spend 1/2 a day or less weaving in whatever ends there are, and walk out the door in it.
6. The other part of my issue: it's bulky weight. Now, being a "big girl," bulky weight things are trepidatious. You have to be careful. It can easily go from being "comfy" to being "sloppy" in about half a millisecond. And I was thinking (always dangerous) that in being a bulky weight, I can't really layer with it. It has to be extreme cold to wear it and I'd have to wear it alone.
7. I thought about maybe changing this sweater (again) to a cardigan. I don't have many of them, and I do wear one quite a good bit, although I'm not completely thrilled with the fit of it. It was a cheap one that I bought at a big box store. I thought I could take the measurements of it, add an inch or two through the shoulders, and make a new one out of this yarn. This would allow me to wear the sweater as a layer, so if it's too hot I can take it off, but too cold, throw it on. I think I might get a lot of wear out of it. Being in the south does allow for layering a good deal, as sometimes we have mild winters and our weather fluctuates a good bit. I've had a July night when it was cold (I needed a thick blanket when the window was open) and I've had a December when we had to run the air conditioning.
8. Here are my top choices:
Can you help me decide? All of them have their special features. They are for the most part, simple, easy knitting. I think most, if not all, are already written for a bulky yarn. I want something that will drape nicely, not look frumpy on me, and be worth it. Also, if the pattern is written in pieces, one that will convert to in-the-round is usually pretty easy to do. I know this is a cardigan, which means it's not really "in the round", but I can make it seamless, or mostly seamless. What are your thoughts?