Saturday, July 04, 2009

Featherweight Cardigan: WANT

Featherweight in Malabrigo 'Pagoda'
I can't seem to recall ever wanting a Finished Object as much as I want the
Featherweight Cardigan. So many projects seem to get finished and you are initially pleased with the results, they then hang around and slowly you become a bit
meh about them, or you give them away, so the recipients can love them initially and then themselves feel somewhat meh as well. I get the feeling that the Featherweight is a different experience entirely as it seems like a sweater that one would actually wear, especially this time of year when air conditioning makes wearing sleeveless shirts a bit dicey. Bottom line: I WANT IT and it's taking f-o-r-e-v-e-r. I am knitting on this mofo day and night and I am still at least 8 rows away from dividing for the sleeves. For the love of all that is sacred and holy, I just want to make it to that magical place where I am putting those sleeves on scrap yarn--is that so much to ask? I was so hoping to wear the Featherweight in Paris this week, but alas, no. I will be wearing my usual tired parade of Old Navy duds from 3 years ago and the French will have to be exposed to my appalling bare arms. Just one more indignity, I suppose. Small consolation that will preserve tiny shred of dignity: at least I won't be wearing a fanny pack.
Malabrigo Laceweight: Frank Ochre Malabrigo Lace in 'Polar Morn'
Another reason I want to finish is that I have two more in the knitting queue and really want these as well. Hi, I'm greedy and unrealistic. I have finally managed to get my grubby little hands on some Malabrigo Laceweight in Frank Ochre (which was exceedingly difficult) and some Polar Morn that have Featherweight written all over them. Since only thing more insane than working on one of these cardigans would be working on two of them at a time, Frank and Molar Porn will have to wait.


And with this, I bid you adieu. As I write this, the Curmudgeon is maniacally checking to make sure the coffee pot isn't plugged in and is racing around the house, setting up those timers that people used back in 1970s to switch their lights on and off. He is also imploring me to assist with our preparations for departure. Leisure time is over, time to snap to! Cheerio, friends...

30 comments:

Melissa said...

Have a great trip!

Elizabeth said...

Those Malabrigo colors are drool-worthy. And thanks for turning me on to the Featherweight cardigan. Have a wonderful trip!

Shana said...

Don't worry, there's no air conditioning in France anyway to make your arms chilly! Happy trails!

Rose said...

Can't wait to see photos of France!

Beth said...

I guess I should alter my expectations of starting and finishing a featherweight by July 25 ;-) Those patterns that seem oh so easy do have a way of slogging along.
Have a WONDERFUL trip!!

Leah said...

I'm feeling the exact same way about my Whisper Cardigan right now -- can't wait to finish it and move on to the Featherweight. Have a lovely trip!

Aim said...

Giggle. I'm with ya. Too many lovely things to knit to be slowed down by ANYTHING!

Have an amazing trip. (The French will survive your bare arms, I'm sure of it!)

Jodi said...

Bon voyage! The featherweight is knitting up beautifully, and I can't even begin to imagine knitting up a cardi in that lightweight of yarn. You have stamina!!

martha - ca knitter said...

Enjoy Paris!! And, Happy Fourth of July!!

Yarnhog said...

Have a fantastic trip!

Maybe your flight will be delayed and you'll have extra hours to work on the cardigan. ;)

Lynn said...

Have fun!!! And I don't think you are greedy. Maybe just a bit unrealistic........LOL

nicole said...

Ah, Paris. Bon voyage ma chérie!

Oh, and I will thank you NOT to dangle Frank in my face. That's the exact same yarn I bought and lost on my last trip to NYC. Sob!

I hope the Curmudgeon locked all the doors, because you may have a yarn burglar come and do a little "shopping" in your stash while you're frolicking in the city of lights.

Sonya said...

So much to knit, so little time. Have a great trip! I think Kevin and you Curmudgeon may be related. Kevin would unplug every appliance in the house every time we leave the house if I'd let him.

peaknits said...

Have a wonderful trip. We are waiting for every wonderful detail - and in the end, the Old Navy duds will do:) Damned featherwieght...

tentenknits said...

have a great trip!! i too am working on a featherweight cardigan... even when you get those sleeves on the needles it's still taking forever!! but cannot wait to finish it too!

Alison said...

Oh, have a wonderful trip!! Your yarn pics are wonderbar, I actually think my fingers are starting to tingle...

happy knitting!

SJ said...

Bon voyage!

vanessa said...

enjoy your trip! those are my fav colors from malabrigo.

Kim said...

Why not shove Featherweight in a fanny pack and knit on it while you stroll around Paris. You know how I feel about Frank Ochre and oh boy, Polar Morn is definitely Polar yarn PrOn.

nova said...

I have some Tess Laceweight in a shade similar to your Polar Morn...also destined to be a featherweight cardigan...um, next year.

Melanie said...

Enjoy Paris and write about it here, please! I love reading your blog.

Kristin said...

...aaaaaand, now I have to have one.

gleek said...

yeah. everyone i see making one loves it and then i love it too. DAMN THEM!

Carrie K said...

Have fun in Paris!

Projects that we MUST HAVE NOW know this. They deliberately slow the pace down to make finishing more and more unlikely.

knitthehellout said...

Have a spectacular time! That cardi is going to be lovely. I adore that Polar Morn color. I've admired that color a time or two online.

MRS MJW said...

So much yummy yarny goodness. I know what you mean. I have a sweater I'm workin on I can't wait to wear.

WonderMike said...

I can see why you're obsessed with that Featherweight, especially in the salivatin'-makin' Malabrigo. the colors you've chosen are also fabulous.

What I really love about this post is your (intended?) spoonerism of "Molar Porn". Heee heee!

trixie stix said...

Have a wonderful trip! I can't wait to see the grey knit up.

tiennie said...

Gorgeous color for your featherweight!

ponyknit said...

Love your malabrigo! Drooooool