Decisions, decisions….

Do you set yourself knitting goals? I do, I have to in order to keep myself motivated. I love knitting, but I’m so slow that I get discouraged at how little progress I’m making, unless I set myself little targets. I’d promised myself that I would finish the back of Tony’s Fair Isle sweater by the end of October, and today I did it, with a whole day to spare. Now the front has been cast on, and I shall have the boring ribbing out of the way by tonight, so that I only have glorious colourwork stretching ahead of me on the home run. I’m determined to have the sweater knitted and seamed by the end of November, so he can get as much wear out of it as possible. I got rather doubtful as I finished the back, because it seemed dreadfully long, just like the sleeves, but when I held the finished piece up against Tony, it was just the right length, and the right width too. Hurrah!!

In order that there should be no distractions to get in the way of my goal, I’ve persuaded Mama to knit me a winter scarf. Now I have the difficult decision of what pattern to choose. There are disadvantages to having so many patterns at your fingertips on sites like Ravelry, you know, especially when you are as indecisive as I am. I know that I want the scarf to be cream cashmere (much to Tony’s disgust, who said cream was so boring), as I have a lovely chocolate brown leather jacket that I want to wear it with, and I want it to be rather a statement scarf, if that doesn’t sound too pretentious. I think I’ve narrowed it down to two possibilities. The question is, do I want to look:

a) urban chic, with the sculptural Swiss Cheese scarf.

b) dandified, with a pretty curlywurly corkscrew scarf.

Or is there another gorgeous scarf pattern out there that would be even better? You tell me!

7 thoughts on “Decisions, decisions….

  1. I think you subconsciously want to knit the Swiss Cheese scarf. Both links went to this scarf! It is a great project, though: easy and a great effect. I have had my eye on this one for several gifts in the run up to Christmas. Corkscrew could be a nice counter to the smooth leather jacket, too. Have Mum knit them both!!

    (PS… same Karen, new e-mail)

  2. I think the Swiss Cheese scarf is lovely! Really “statement” and as that’s what you’re looking for it’s perfect. I think it would beautiful in a lovely soft cream with brown leather jacket. Also I have seen plenty of scarfs that look like the corkscrew scarf and I think you’re the type of person who would want to be a bit different?

  3. Both are excellent choices, but for something as lucious as cream cashmere, I would go for the Twist and Lace scarf by Brenda Patipa:–lace
    I think the cream would really highlight the structure of the scarf and it would be a nice girly contrast to a beautiful leather jacket. But then again, anything knit in cream cashmere is bound to be utterly gorgeous!

  4. I’ve had a hankering for the swiss cheese scarf for myself for a while now, but having made several (crochet) curly whirlies, I know I’d never knit one – the sheer number of stitches by the time you get to would drive me utterly potty.

    Depends which kind of curly whirly you want though. If it were me, I’d go for one like this:, over one of the longer skinnier ones, which are more fashion, less warmthish.

    I’m sure you’ll look fab whatever you choose 🙂

  5. I’d go Swiss Cheese – those curly ones just don’t look warm enough to me (being a very chilly mortal) And if you wanted to, you could always embroider a different colour around some of the holes to highlight them – in soft and variegated browns – so they wouldn’t stand out too much against the brown leather, but just enough to please Tony?!