Saturday, June 20, 2009

Fifi is finished...!(?)

Finally finished 'er up.  My expression in these photos, though literally due to the apparently arduous task of taking my own picture, suitably reflects how I feel about this sweater--conflicted, concerned...let's just say: the jury's out, and Fifi may not have Henry Fonda on her side.

Here's my litmus test for a handknit:  if I wear it to work, and not one person says, "I like your sweater" or "cute sweater" or "did you knit it?"--I worry.

It could just have been that it was the last week of school and I spent most of the day I wore it sequestered in my classroom reading junior research papers that are a graduation requirement and thus engender more procrastination than any other paper my students write all year long...but I also nipped out for a couple of hours, taking my last bit of personal leave, to attend Mr. D's kindergarten graduation, and Not One Kindergarten Mom said anything, either.

So here's the fence where Fifi sits:  A great knit, a fun pattern, entertaining to work, should be flattering to my body type...but I think I picked the wrong yarn.  The Shine Sport just doesn't have the body that is needed for an overall ribbed sweater at this gauge:  it flops and flows; it doesn't cling.  I don't know if I should have used Shine Worsted, or Comfy, or if I should have gone all the way and bitten the Rowan Calmer bullet (though, expense aside, I REALLY don't like Calmer's color palette).



Clumsy Knitter said...

I can't really comment on whether or not you picked the right yarn. I haven't knit that pattern, and I have never used Calmer. That said, I think the color you used is great!

And don't worry about your expression in the photos--they're miles better than mine! Any time I'm in a completely candid photo, I look like I'm about to burst into tears while falling asleep at the same time. Attractive, I know. ;-)

Katie said...

I think it looks lovely!

I'm the opposite with reactions to handknits ~ if someone asks if I made it, chances are it will never see the light of day again! I figure if they comment, then it means it looks "homemade" and thus not at all what I want. If I hear no comments, I figure they think I bought it at a boutique and then...success!

amy said...

I like your red Fifi. It deserves rave reviews from colleagues - it's definitely due to the end-of-school distractions that the compliments weren't forthcoming. Look no further than here for your high praise!

Calmer is a splurge, but I'm a fan. I'm with you on the color palette, though. There's a lot of pastelly stuff going on. In the end I found only Tree and Garnet did it for me...upon closer, up-close-and-personal inspection, these two colors were more vibrant in person than what I'd seen online.

Viva la Fifi! Wear it loud and proud.