Thursday, August 21, 2014

Funky Grandpa

So, we went on vacation, I posted some pictures and then things went insane. Work, dental surgery, the start of a new school year at home and work. Chaos. 
So here's my Funky Grandpa, you can find it on Ravelry, whose sleeve I'm going to tear back because it's all wrong:
Why is the sleeve so wrong?  Look at the original:
I got too cute with my stripes and the light and dark are fighting.  It doesn't tie back to the body enough. More is less with this one. In fact, I took 6 months deciding to commit to making this because, much as I admired the original, so many folks on Ravelry had made color choices that didn't do the design any favors (or the wearers). Lovely work, lovely color choices, but not for this particular design. 
I think the pattern may all also need an advanced knitter to deal with the button band - that seems to throw a lot of folks, finding the right ratio is tough.  I haven't gotten to that part yet, but icord edging can be tricky, and deep v necks can be tough to wear (and you have to wear the right top).  It's a really great pattern and I've learned a lot working on it, so NO disrespect to it or other knitters who've done this one.