Monday, October 5, 2009

Celtic considerations

The weather here has definitely cooled, and autumn has caught me unawares.... my faithful fall coat has finally bit the bullet.... I can't really complain, it lasted me 10 years, and I abused it.

So, on Friday, I took a trip to one of my favourite stores... Danier Leather (where last fall coat came from). I knew what I wanted... something with shaping, something with buttons, and something RED. Not crazy bright red, but that battered, weathered dark red that looks so sexy on vampires and people with my hair colour and complexion.

And they had it.. oh, they had it alright... it looked wonderful.. and then I looked at the price tag.... $300.

It's not that I think $300 for a leather coat is outrageous (especially since my last one lasted 10 years) it's just... well... $300 was the CLEARANCE price. And, more importantly... I didn't have $300 to spend... well I did... but I would like be able to buy groceries sometime this month.

So, cooler heads prevailed and I left the store..., sad, depressed and jacketless. And not only that... none of the stores around here seem to be carrying fall jackets.. maybe I should have gone shopping in June, because all I can find are winter coats.

But I still need something. Knitted ponchos only take you so far, and me winter coat is just waaaaay too warm.

So today I thought "screw it," I'm going to knit myself a jacket and logged on to Ravelry.

First, let me just say it's too bad this doesn't come in big girl size:But anyway... now I'm deciding between this:
I've always wanted to make the Arwen cardigan (well mostly I wanted mom to make it for me, but that's not going to happen) But then there is this:A lovely Drops patterns. Both have lovely Celtic cables, which I adore, and both are knit with Aran weight yarn. I'm in negotiations with mom for a lovely cone of Debbie Bliss Merino she has in her stash. She bought it with the intentions of making my Dad a sweater... but I knit him a sweater last Christmas, so I think that should hold him for a while... don't you?


Not ready for handspun said...

They're both lovely choices; I can't wait to see which you decide on. The Arwen cardigan has been in my queue forever... hey, maybe that's what I should do with all that worsted weight wool in my stash!

CelticCastOn said...

love the drops pattern and I agree your mum needs to give up that yarn!

Samantha said...

I love the sweater! I'm sorry the money fairy didn't leave $300 on your bedside table. :(

lexa said...

I like both cardis.

Jenn said...

I love the drops sweater for sure and if you could do it in that green colour I think that would be absolutely perfect.
$300 Sale price, hahahahahaha. I bet it was nice though. :-)

Lee said...

I love the drops design sweater, I think it would be beautiful in a burgundy or a cool gray color. I love it in the forest green in the pic.

Kiki said...

I love the drops pattern! Both are nice though...the central park hoodie is another neat one. I'm sure it will look lovely no matter what you decide!