November 16th, 2008

star afghan

Fashion Advice

A week or so ago I was reading one of the many blogs I read, and Warren commented on the post. It was one of those typical posts you see on mommy blogs (or at least on infertility-turned-mommy blogs) about how guys in general and the blogger's husband in particular has no clue when it comes to fashion and will dress their precious infant in clothes that clash horribly. Warren wanted this slur on his entire gender addressed.

It is not true that all straight males have no clue when it comes to fashion. It is possible to find a straight guy who is quite good at picking out clothes, knows which styles work well, and knows what colors go with what. Warren has no problem picking out clothes for Margaret. (He's not so good at getting pants on her furiously kicking legs, but that's another matter.) He has declared that while, off-white, navy blue and pale yellow are colors that work well on her, and pale pinks are OK, but stronger pinks aren't good. I pretty much agree with him. I think she also looks good in red, and I don't think Warren disagrees there. In this house there seems to be no difference of opinion about fashion between the genders.

Earlier this week I had this sudden realization that Margaret did not have enough sweaters. How could I have let this happen? The obvious solution was to start knitting her one right away. I still had some lovely off-white yarn left over from a sweater I'd made myself, so that was an easy choice. Then I decided to spice it up with some beads, but which beads? I have a lot of beads these days. They are cheap and don't take up much space, so it's easy to stash them. Faces with an overwhelming number of choices, the obvious solution was to ask Warren. Here is the result of that consultation:


I am loving the combination. It's very ice-princess. I've just gotten to the slow part of the pattern, and I'm hoping that new project glow will carry me through until I'm at least halfway done. On the bonus side, I am using up more of my yarn leftovers.

The subject of yarn leftovers brings me to something I've wanted to mention for a while: my stash. I still have yarn left over from my very first real project; my mom advised me to keep it in case I needed to make repairs. That was fine when it was just the one project. After that one I got better about not keeping leftovers, often because there were know leftovers to speak of. When I first started buying my own yarn I played things a little to close to the edge, and rarely had much in the way of leftovers. Then I started overcompensating in the other direction, and if I bought yarn for a sweater I would have almost enough for another sweater left over. I am hoping that things will normalize to just right. Once I got a ravelry account I started logging all my yarn purchases in my stash there. That gave me incentive to use up the leftovers, plus the database tools to find patterns to for the amounts I had left. Now I have what I call my 'undeclared stash' and my ravelry stash. The undeclared stuff is from before I joined ravelry. I am trying to make sure I use the undeclared stuff as often as the ravelry stash until it is all used up. The yarn for Margaret's latest sweater is from the undeclared stash, so I am extra pleased about that.
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