I just can’t get the September Sweater out of my mind. Last night I dipped into my stash and pulled out a ball of Cascade 220 (leftover from my first Tea Leaves) and a ball of Berroco Vintage (which I had laying around from my current blanket project), and I made a couple of good and proper swatches with them.
Usually I am pretty half-hearted about my swatching (if I even bother to do it at all), but I sucked it up and devoted my evening to it, because I really, really want this new sweater to be as wearable as its two predecessors.
Each swatch is 30 stitches x 30 rows, which gave me plenty of room in the middle for measuring.
And the verdict is? They’re the same!
Using a #7 circular needle, I get 5 stitches and 6 rows per inch on each type of yarn. Yay!
I notice a difference in the feel of the fabrics. Vintage feels softer and slightly more “drapey.” Neil says 220 feels more expensive (although, I’m not exactly sure what I’m supposed to do with that information).
I think now I can feel free to choose whichever yarn I want for this project. Vintage has the advantage of being machine washable, but 220 has the advantage of being tried-and-true for this particular pattern. Can you tell I am still on the fence?
And, oh! The Vintage colors! Paprika? Cork? Caramel? Or, dare I try Tang?
Or maybe I stick with 220 and choose from Provence? Burnt Orange? Tangerine Heather?
There may be such a thing as too much choice… If you need me, I’ll be in the corner looking at tiny online images of yarn and mumbling to myself.
That was going to be the end of this post, but this afternoon, I hopped over to my LYS to see some yarn in person – reds and oranges are so hard to see properly on a computer screen, I think. Unfortunately, it didn’t help. In fact, I am starting to think the color I want doesn’t actually exist, and maybe I should just make a nice charcoal gray sweater. That’s where I’m leaning now.
I have plans sometime in the future, to make the Portulaca cardigan. That would look nice in a tweedy orangey-red. Perhaps I’ll delay the color angst until then… This kind of decision shouldn’t be so hard!