I need some advice from the blogosphere. Should I use this yarn for my next sweater?
But first, some background. I REALLY wish someone had told me that alpaca has no memory
and little elasticity. Perhaps I would not have used it for my first sweater. That sweater is almost done. It has been a slog throughout. I know I'm older. I hope I'm wiser.
The next sweater is for me. It will be the Marla pattern from Melissa Leapman's "Hot Knits". She worked it in a drapey Skacel cotton (Polo). It is mostly stockinette, with a horizontal garter rib every fourteen rows. Plus it has a lacy pattern up the front, which splits at the open neck to border the neck on each side. Quite snazzy. It will be fun to try full-fashioning, after the agony of the crew neck on the English rib pattern I'm finishing for the DH.
It is shiny, which I think the swatch picture does capture, especially the stitches on the needle. It blooms a bit. Is this my next biggest mistake? I thought the yarn, which is 50% merino, 50% silk, would have some of the drapey aspects of the cotton, but some of the forgiveness of wool. It does do that well. Will this look like hell after one wearing? Will it look like hell after the handling necessary to make it? What questions should I be asking that I don't know to ask? I am so in love with the yarn, and the swatch, but don't want to make the next expensive mistake. If not this sweater, what would you use the yarn for? Please don't be kind. Be honest.