Friday, October 20, 2006

My Project Has a Name!

I don't know if the rest of you tend to name your projects, but I do. I am officially naming my project for this KAL "The Monstrosity."

After a bit of procrastination I decided on a vest rather than a sweater. The Manos del Uruguay seems too heavy for a pullover and I'm not much of a cardigan gal, so a vest sounded like a good idea. I've not only never knit a vest ... I've never even worn one!

I've now begun the vest and frogged it four times and I've finally come to the conclusion that I just don't really like the Manos. I love the idea of it and it's lovely in the skein, but I'm just not a fan of thick-and-thin yarns. No matter what I try with it, it just looks sloppy to me.

Everytime I check this site and see all of your wonderful plans for your red sweater projects, I just look at the bag of Manos sitting next to my knitting chair and I have an overwhelming urge to drop-kick it off my balcony.

But hey, I'm stubborn. I will proceed with the Manos vest. Maybe I'll surprise myself and end up liking the handcrafted (cough, cough) look of it.

- Deb aka Fearless Fibers


Lynn said...

I totally get your frustration with the Manos. I bought some about 25 years ago and ended up crocheting vests for the girls and me, because the thick-and-thin bothered me less in double-crochet than in stockinette.

My other beef, back then, was that it was not colorfast. Has that changed for the better?

Deb for Fearless Fibers said...

Eek ... not colorfast?! Just the thought makes me dislike it even more. This my first use of Manos, so I don't know yet how the color will hold up. Of course, if the FO is as ugly as I expect it will be, I guess it won't have to hold up to frequent washing ;)

Laura said...

Do you have enough of the yarn to make something completely different with it... like maybe a pillow cover or a lap blanket?

Of course, then you'd have to find different yarn for your red sweater project...

Karen said...

My philosophy is that life's too short to spend it knitting projects that you aren't absolutely, totally in love with.

Manos felts beautifully -- perhaps there could be a red tote bag in your future?