Well after all the drama I finished it.
And I love almost everything about it. Almost everything. I don't like the way it fits :( I know it's a shrug, so it's not meant to be huge, but I was hoping it would fit like the picture with the pattern shows it. And even though I browsed the projects on Ravelry numerous times, and saw that most of them fit the way mine fits, I was kind of hoping that mine wouldn't fit that way. I do think it may be a tad small, but I am planning on losing some weight (oh, yeah, I'm totally into the buy-clothes-in-the-size-you-want-to-be-not-the-size-you-are thing). I'm not sure that I'd be happier with the fit if I was smaller either.
I'm not sure what to do about it now. I like the idea of it, but it's such a beautiful yarn that I'd had to waste it in something I may never be comfortable wearing.
My first thought was that I could try adding another pattern repeat and making it a bit longer. I'm not sure if this would just result in longer arms or not though. I can see some people from Rav have done this, but not easy to see if it would fix the problem that I've got. I don't want to frog it back and re-knit if it's not going to help.
I could also rip the whole thing out and knit it on larger needles to see if that makes a difference too. But again, a lot of work which might not necessarily change the outcome.
I uses exactly 2 skeins of this yarn, and I have one full skein left. So I could also rip the whole thing out completely and make something else using all three. But I'm not sure if 3 skeins is enough to make anything else I might like.
I think I'm going to put it aside for now while I ponder what to do. If anyone reading has any suggestion, I'd be happy to hear them :)
And now a peek at something else I'm working on.
It's this pattern (Rav link). I'm not following the stripe sequence for it though, I'm just kind of doing it randomly. I think it's looking ok. The brief was "orange". I really couldn't see myself knitting an entire vest in orange, so I'm trying to make this as orange as possible. It's for L and he said he likes it and will wear it. I'll get him to sign a contract to that effect shortly.