Posted by thedarwinexception on June 6, 2008
Today I need your input on something. I need some opinions.
First, though, let’s get rid of other stuff.
I finished the second sleeper sacque. This one I chose to bind off the neck in a bias tape, rather than in the material the sacque was made in, like I did with the first one.
I kind of like the bias tape bind off.
You can just see the little red airplane button that matches the sacque.
I love these things – so easy.
I also started my first project for the fair – a little three piece layette – why not? I won last year, I have no place to go but down.
This is an openwork lace sweater, with overalls and a hat. It’s going fairly quickly, I just started it yesterday.
Ok – now the stuff I need your help on.
So, for the fair this year, they have a category called “Most Beautiful Knitted Afghan”. I don’t make afghans – I generally find them so boring – to keep repeating the same thing over and over and over.
But since I won the “Most Beautiful Knitted Layette” category last year, I want to enter different categories this year, too.
But I’m having a problem with what “Most Beautiful” means.
There’s a guy named Kaffe Fassett – he’s a designer who authors books with stunning, gorgeous colorwork sweaters, jackets, pillows and blankets. This guy is a genius when it comes to colorwork. He designs beautiful intricate patterns, the kind that when you knit them you go blind or crazy with all the little bobbins of yarn you have to carry along with the working yarn. No kidding, sometimes you can be working with 20 different colors of yarn at the same time. BUT – when you look at one of his patterns, the first words out of your mouth are going to be “Oh my God – that’s beautiful”. And there’s that word – beautiful.
He has this one pattern called “Brocade Throw.” It’s beautiful.
Here’s one in progress from a Ravelry user.
OK – you know you said it “Oh my God – that’s beautiful.” So it’s a fair winner, right? If I make this, I could enter it and have a decent chance of winning “Most Beautiful.”
But, then’ there’s that other thing. That “WOW” factor. There are lots of patterns that have a WOW factor. But does that necessarily translate to “beautiful?” There is a website called “Wooly Thoughts“. They design some patterns that make you go “Holy Fuck – Look at THAT.” I’d like to make one of their designs – like this one. Watch – when you see it, you’ll say “WOW – Holy Fuck!”
But is it beautiful?? Especially considering that my audience for this project is older women who still think Granny Squares are beautiful. They are the people who are judging this contest.
Does “WOW” mean “beautiful”? Is the second design likely to win a contest where the criteria is “most beautiful”?
What do YOU think? Which should I go with – or should I abandon both ideas and go with some cabled afghan pattern more reminiscent of the 60’s 0r 70’s?
And consider your answer carefully, because I think what I am going to do with the finished project is have some sort of raffle or contest or something here on the blog and one of you will get it. SO, keep in mind that you will want a “Beautiful” afghan – and what that means to you.