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The Sweater Curse

Joining up again this week with Yarn Along and Keep Calm and Craft On.

Regarding the title – don’t worry! I have not been cursed yet. BUT I did have something happen this week that made me really understand why the sweater curse happens, and also reaffirmed my belief that open communication is oh, so important in a good relationship.

So. I told you last week that I was excited to be able to get started on the sweatpants I had planned to make for Anna. I bought the yarn a while ago, cheapish stuff but very soft and fuzzy. I got started on the sweatpants this past weekend. On Monday night, I had a cuff and the beginning of one leg done, and I wanted to see how the fit was so I asked Anna to let me borrow her foot for a minute.

I was imagining sweatpants that were a little tight around the calves and then floofed out, kind of jogger pants style. I guess Anna was imagining ones that were gathered around the ankle and then immediately floofed out. She told me she didn’t like how tight the leg part was so far, and added that she didn’t like the yarn either. It was too fuzzy, and she thought it would make her sweat.

I wasn’t sure what to do, and frankly I was annoyed for a moment. Then I asked her, if I unravel this and start over and make the design the way you like, will that be ok, or is the yarn just not going to work for you? She looked pained, and told me she really would prefer a different yarn.

Once the initial annoyance wore off, I realized that my own girlfriend had just saved me from the age old Sweater Curse. I hadn’t gotten far enough along in the project to really be invested, so frogging it was not a big deal. If she hadn’t been honest with me, I would have put lots of time into making sweatpants for her that she would never wear, and then I would have felt resentful. There’s the Sweater Curse, right there.

Luckily, Anna and I were able to be honest with each other. I’ll be buying some other yarn for her sweatpants (any suggestions? I’m thinking something with cotton in it for breathability) and making them in a style she likes so that she will actually want to wear them.

In the mean time, I really liked the fuzzy yarn I bought for her, so I’m making myself a sweater. All’s good.

I did finish the Alana Tank test knit for Rachel, and I’ll be posting some photos just as soon as I get a chance to take some nice ones. It came out really cute. Pictures coming soon!


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  1. I can see her point about the fuzzy yarn and pants – glad you were able to hash that out and avoid the dreaded curse!

    • Flo Flo

      Yes, me too! In hindsight, fuzzy was not a good pants choice…but now I’ll have a fuzzy sweater, so it’s all fine 🙂

  2. Benat Weekend is a great cotton/acrylic yarn that is soft and cool.
    Bernat Vintage is a great wool/acrylic yarn that is not too “sweaty”
    I have just finished project with both of these yarn and I love them.

    • Flo Flo

      Oh, great! Thanks so much for the recommendations, I’ll check these out. 🙂

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