Thank you, thank you, thank you for your amazing comments yesterday about my trial and error cardigan (that's what I've taken to calling it). Writing that blog post was completely cathartic and then reading your responses helped buoy my spirits even more. Sandy made an interesting suggestion about not frogging the body portion and finishing the arm openings to turn the pattern into a vest. I might consider it, but I'm not really a vest wearer so I worry that the yarn will remain wasted. Many of you who are obviously yarn fanatics like me saw an opportunity for something new and fresh for my many cakes of Berocco Ultra Alpaca Light, and I welcome any pattern recommendations.
For now, I'm going to let the cardigan sit in my knitting bag, and when I have some time over the weekend, I'll begin the frogging process. After my many frustrating hours trying to work those sleeves, I knew that I needed some inspiration so watched a wonderful documentary about Bill Cunningham, the New York Times On The Street photographer. I grew up with his photographs. His love of fashion and his keen eye could not have been better described than in this loving and poignant film. I think of us crafty folks as people who appreciate color, structure, pattern, and the joy of wearing hand-made clothes. Cunningham hand-crafts in a different way -- with his camera -- and through his love of images, he shows his appreciation for all the things that we care about. If you haven't seen this gem, I strongly recommend it.