I think this may be true for most knitters but sometimes it seems like the buildup to the sweater is almost more exciting than wearing the finished product. There's that frenzied moment when you spot THE sweater pattern. Then there is the agony when you realize the yarn involved is too expensive or discontinued (like Rowan Cork!).
So then you spend hours pining for the pattern or the yarn, and imagining yourself wearing the sweater. You hit the yarndex and start looking for yarn substitutions that will still yield that beautiful loft or sheen or drape or whatever it is that so compels you about that sweater.
Or maybe that's just me!
Here is the sweater pattern I fell in love with. (Well, actually I fell in love with the entire book of patterns!) It's from Debbie Bliss's Tweed collection.
Meet Ribbed Swing. Isn't she gorgeous? I love how snuggly and comfy looking she is. Of course, she is also a demanding 24 balls (!!!) for a medium.
So to make this sweater I would have to spring for the book ($16) and some $200+ of yarn. Never mind the time spent knitting.
So, I contrived all kinds of ways to sub yarn for this pattern or somehow shrink it so that I could get away with less yardage.
Then my girlfriend Cindy says, "Let's meet at the Yarn Barn of Kansas booth at Stitches West" so I surf the site and tears of joy spring to my eyes when I come upon this pattern.
Meet Neckdown Cardigan. Isn't she perfect? She is fitted and feminine, yet with that same lovely A-line to disguise my post-partumness.
And so in all my fickle flightiness, I now have a new love to fantasize about. And she might even end up in my life since I can actually afford to date her. My brief fling with Ribbed Swing is over, but I'll always remember how happy she made me.