I've been getting this hankering lately to knit a sweater.
Today, I spent a few hours with the Divine Though Blogless Elizabeth working through the ins and outs of customizing a pattern so that it actually FITS the person for whom it's knit, rather than the imaginary body for whom it was designed. Okay -- if you're knitting the same size sweater as would fit the designer, it's likely to fit you, but if you're knitting any other size, well, tweaking is likely to make it fit better.
That made me want, even more, to cast on for a sweater for myself.
Hmm, I thought. There is that sweater I was designing earlier in the the fall --- I should turn to on that, eh?
But really, what I wanted to do was pick up a pattern and knit (yes, tweaking as I went, of course). Why? because that's easier than figuring out the geometry fro what I want in that sweater.
So... instead of spending forty five minutes with geometry, I spent it scrolling through Ravelry's pattern index.
I did find a few that I'd like to knit, but none for which the yarn I actually own would work. But really? Am I the only person who doesn't like crew necks? Are there so few designers who can make a lovely sweater that looks good on someone who is not a 20-something yoga teacher? Oh, there are lots of sweaters I liked -- but when I sought further, and took a look at people who had knit them who were.... well... like me (short, with curves, and a bit more belly than we'd most like), I discovered that they no longer looked as nice.
So, it looks like I'm back to my drawing board. I will figure out the shapes and styles that let me look and feel good. And I will design sweaters in those shapes and styles. And I will knit them. And I will resist the urge to buy different yarn so I don't have to think as hard.
So much for casting on and merrily knitting away.