It feels like I haven't made any progress on my knitting projects since the holidays. After Christmas I drove out to WEBS to purchase yarn for a sweater I've been itching to knit. The yarn is Berroco Ultra Alpaca in Oceanic Mix, a blend of sea blue and green, and the pattern is a Fiona Ellis design from Interweave Knits Winter 2009, the Dusseldorf Aran. I did my gauge swatches, started on the back panel and was making good progress with all the cabling. But something kept niggling at me about the cables; they just weren't popping out like I wanted them to. I showed it to my friend Ann and she thought it was the color that was hiding some of the "pop," not the skill of the knitter, ahem, or the softness of the Ultra Alpaca.
Here's a picture of what I've knitted so far:
Part of me wants to keep going. I'm not a quitter, and I love love love the design of the sweater. I also want to knit a sweater that has seams because I tend to avoid them in favor of sweaters I can knit in the round. On the other hand, this sweater is slowgoing. Every time I think of picking it up to knit a couple rows, I put it off to knit something else, like a dishcloth or socks. I would also like to wear this sweater before winter ends, but at the rate I'm going, I won't finish it until next year. If I ripped it all out I could use the wool for a sweater I could knit quickly, like this. Or this, which I've made in a smaller size for my son.
So what do you say? Should I rip or persevere? Ann thinks I should continue on, but she loves knitting seamed sweaters and I feel she's prejudiced.