A few months ago I posted on my favorite knitting forum that I wanted to make myself a cardigan. I got talked into using sport-weight yarn, which is fairly thin. I am a six foot tall guy with broad shoulders and (unfortunately) boobs. Why I listened to the forum members is beyond me. I tried five times to knit a sweater with it in the last week, and hated every one of them. Large-size patterns in that yarn weight are hard to come by, and I didn’t like them. So I tried designing my own and didn’t like that either. So fuck it, I’m going to sell the unused skeins. Because I am sick of trying. After I finish my Giftmas knitting I’ll make myself a sweater out of some worsted weight yarn, because there are a zillion of those patterns and they won’t take me twenty years to knit.
I am also kicking around the idea of making myself a handspun sweater. It’s not as huge an undertaking as it sounds, because I spin fast. It takes 1,700 to 2,000 yards of worsted weight yarn for a sweater in my size, depending on the pattern. I can make 200 yards in a day or two on my wheel. So I could easily spin up the yarn in less than a month. The hard part is keeping the yarn a consistent thickness. I can do that easily with my “default” yarn (the one I make without putting too much thought into it, as it’s muscle memory). That ranges between sport and DK, depending on a couple of factors. So I need to practice making worsted. I have a pound of commercially dyed merino I got cheap; maybe I’ll practice worsted with that. I’d like to get enough dyed BFL to make a sweater with that, but I haven’t found a source of inexpensive BFL and I don’t want to make a $150 sweater. I’ll keep an eye out, I guess. I’d need about a kilo of wool, according to my calculations. Crap, it’s going to be a $150 sweater, isn’t it? Shit.
UPDATE: A friend just inspired an idea — spin default singles, but do a 3-ply yarn instead of a 2-ply. Then my fingers will make consistent yarn without me having to monitor them for 2,000 yards. I didn’t think of that on my own because I’ve never done a 3-ply that wasn’t chain-plied. I’m going to try it with the current BFL I’m spinning to see if I get the yarn thickness I want!
Also, I found a place where I can get a kilo of BFL for $68. I’m investigating the quality before ordering, but I think I’m going to have a purple sweater sometime in the next few months…