I just love trying new things. Sometimes they work splendidly. Sometimes... not so much.
And this yarn... definately a new thing.
The part that worked -- the sleeve, which is moving along swimmingly.
Of course, that ought to be expected. I mean even with a new yarn (textured, crinkly cottony softness), how far wrong can one go with a 3x2 rib? I've knit from cuff to elbow, and am now fussing in my head about the ways this sleeve can connect to a body.
I'm not a huge fan of the knit from cuff to cuff in rib, sew sleeves to armhole, and call it a shrug approach. Perhaps I just feel like it's cheating; perhaps I don't really want a sideways rib along my back. Perhaps I just like making my life difficult.
So, I thought about the nifty things that start with a circle in the center of your back. I got great ideas floating about, and then knit up a circle....
I now know why one starts with eight stitches not four. I may also know that this yarn will not work in that type of design....
but I think I'm going to give it one more go with a different approach to going from the center to the 3x2 rib rays.. If that doesn't work, I'll rethink my main body strategy, and go back to sleeve knitting (or, well, maybe needlepoint so that I actually finish Bookworm's stocking).
I'm still not happy with the colors. I think the lighter green contrasts too much with the darker and with the brown. I could see the light and dark green together, or the dark green and the brown.... but this doesn't say "interesting Hellebore flower" to me. It says "ugly camoflage" to me. I'll be the first to admit that I find camoflage stuff unattractive. I've never even seen it look cute -- not even in cutesy pink versions for baby girls. It has its place, and in its place, it's great. It's even business- like in that it serves it's original purpose well, and when you're in the business of concealing yourself, this combination of hues makes you hard to see in the woods; but when worn in urban settings, it just looks dumb to me.)