Except I can, kind of.
I had to go and buy new yarn because I've decided to make not one, but two worsted weight sweaters as part of my Gauge the Situation series. C'mon. Two is better than 1, right?
Worsted Gauge, Project 1: Chuck Sweater in Cascade 220 Heather series 4001
|Photo from Yarnzilla|
(Yeah, I know, I know, I don't like variegated yarn, but this stuff is very muted. You can't see striations of different colours in it. Yeah, it's kind of blue - that colour I can't stay away from - but it's also kind of grey. Shark colour! I do believe that it's a wearable, beautiful neutral. And you'll recall this thing is all about wearability.)
I'm making this sweater first cuz the freakin' yarn is in my hands. Note that I could (sort of) get with this additional purchase because Cascade 220 is very affordable (though not cheap-seeming) yarn. It's also the stuff that Andi used to make her version.
Let me also say that it gave me an opportunity to visit Ewe Knit which is seriously, the loveliest yarn store I've ever gone to. It is so delightfully NOT CRUNCHY GRANOLA. People, there's a chic espresso bar in the front (run by the same couple that owns the yarn shop, but completely distinct). I will concede that the boutique is sort of hard to find because it really doesn't look like a yarn store (and I can't complain about that).
It's got a very good selection of yarn, very well curated, at a variety of price points. The service is terrific. I will return.
FYI, if you're in TO, there's knit night every Thursday and it comes with little food goodies.
Worsted Gauge, Project 2: Inaugural Sweater in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran, 1170 (Dark Grey).
Y'all have really helped me to make up my mind with your excellent feedback. I was briefly on the fence about this sweater. I felt it might be a bit "chunky", but you almost unanimously agree that it's a good choice. The more I've considered it, the more I agree. Win, win!
In the wise words of Katy: We can buy practical things. With the amount of time we spend on knitting, it should be spent on projects we feel passionate about.
And just cuz I like to up the ante, I'll aim to be both practical and passionate.