Monday, February 6, 2012

Delancey

Delancey Prep
Even though it's February and the whole month is dedicate to Freakin' Finish It February, I decided that I would allow myself to cast on just one new project this month.  Cause you know, if I don't allow myself this option I just might go ape shit crazy and another bout of Starteritis might flare up.  To take the edge off of that happening and to avoid ruining any and all efforts of turning those UFOs into fabulous FOs, I'll be casting on for the Delancey cardigan sometime today.  I've had this cardigan in my queue ever since the pattern was released last summer and was so excited to knit it up that I had even purchased the recommended yarn right there on the spot!  Sadly the yarn took too long to get to me (and by long, I mean it took longer than 24 hours cause I'm just that impatient!) and when it did arrive I had already moved on and had cast on for something else.  I'm insanely fickle like that.

So when Allyson over at Sweatshop of Love announced that the sweater pattern for her Ravelry group's Winter KAL (which is called Selfish Knitting Sweater KAL...check it out here) was going to be the Delancey cardigan, I knew that this was going to be the perfect opportunity to get off my flighty knitty butt.  The KAL kicks off today but it's not too late to join in on the fun.  Check out Allyson's post here for the deets (I think today is the last day to use the discount code) or here if you want to lurk along!


I've dug out the yarn from the stash...that's right, I'm knitting from stash (and am fighting the urge to buy new yarn) and have already knit up a few gauge swatches.  I'm using Knit Picks Capra, which is a lovely blend of merino and cashmere (yum!).  I've never used this yarn before and am really hoping that it's going to be a hit.  So far, it is.  The yarn is so incredibly soft and is suppose to get even softer after a wash!  It was a pleasure to knit with during my swatch knitting, and I have to say I'm quite impressed with how well it's been holding up against all my constant man-handling.  The only reason why I'm tempted to buy new yarn is because I'm not 100% sold on the colour.  I didn't want to use black and at the time grey wasn't a colour option.  Not being a fan of white, I decided that the Platinum colourway was the next best thing.  Well, now that I'm actually looking at the colour, I'm not sure if it'll go well with my colouring.  I think it'll make me look like I have jaundice or something.  A huge part of me is wishing that I had reversed the colours and made the Platinum the contrasting colour.  But I think I know why I didn't do that...I think I couldn't make up my mind as to which colour I liked the most - the Hunter (which is a beautifully rich green), or the Harbor (a lovely deep blue green). Actually, I still can't make up my mind as to which colour I like more.  

Delancey Swatches 2

Aside from needing to swatch using two different needle sizes, I just had to see how each colour looked when paired with the Platinum, thinking when I saw them knit up I'll definitely be able to make up my mind.  Um, yeah...no.  That's not the case.  I'm still quite undecided.  Delancey has quite a vintage-y feel to it and reminds me of those varsity letter sweaters of the 50s.  Actually, Archie comes to mind whenever I think about it (I was a huge Archie comics reader growing up).  The shawl collar is the cherry on top and I'm definitely planning on knitting it 2-toned the way you see it in the photos.  I think the only mod I'll be doing is shortening the length.  I love the look of this cardigan to change it too much.

I'm hoping to cast on fairly soon.  Just wish I could decide on which colourway to go with.  What do you think?  The Hunter on the left?  Or the Harbor on the right?  Any and all input would be greatly appreciated!  Sometimes being a Gemini can be a downright pain in the ass!

7 comments:

  1. Hunter is DELICIOUS. or do two stripes hunter with harbour in the middle because three toned would be awesome too. Seriously though, look at what you'd wear it with and see which colour fits in best with clothes you already have. It makes it much easier to finish something if you envisage an outfit for it.
    Anyway I totally just bought the pattern with the code and it is all your fault!!

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    1. Ooohhh...thanks for the great idea Lois! Hunter was my very first pick and one that I kept going back to, but I really do like Harbor. I think I'm going to try that three tone idea and see how it looks! Truthfully, either colourway would work with my wardrobe, hence why I'm having a hard time deciding! :p

      Hee hee, and I'm sorry that you bought the pattern (not really! It's going to be fun!). ;)

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  2. The Harbor color is very contempoary chic and goes well with pink. Just a thought.

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    1. Thanks for your input Kelly! I'm still up in the air and have ripped out my first section about 3 times now! :/ I think I just might flip a coin.

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  3. Both are awesome :-)

    My 2 cents worth:
    . . . if you're going for the vintage-y/Archie feel, go for Hunter.

    good luck!

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    1. Thanks Jenn! I decided that since my eyes keep gravitating towards the Hunter that I'll just go with that. I think it's definitely more of a vintage-y colour combo! :)

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    2. can't wait to see it :)

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