Diagonal Pattern Top I started last week. This is what I consider a "risky" project--meaning there's probably only a 50/50 shot that I'm going to like the finished top.
Problem #1: I didn't swatch, and I'm using a fingering weight handspun merino single instead of the worsted weight rayon/milk yarn specified in the pattern. You'd think the big difference might have pushed me to suck it up and knit a gauge swatch, but no, the desire to cast on a project with this yarn RIGHT NOW means I'm winging it.
Problem #2: I'm still not sure that I'm going to like the stripes. This is the problem with fiber dyed as a slowly transitioning color gradient--tons of fun to spin, but then what? Shawls are good options, but I wasn't in a shawl mood so I decided to experiment with what I hope will be a lightweight summery top. A wool short-sleeve summer top? And not nearly as lacy as I imagined. See, already some serious red flags.
Problem #3: The pattern has no shaping. At all. I'm switching needles sizes to try to give it a little waist/bust shaping, but since I did no swatching, I really have no idea how this is going to work.
Oh, and there is a good chance I'll run out of yarn. Or I'll have way too much and never get to the pretty purple. And yet despite all these issues and doubts, I'm happily knitting away. Something about ending the suspense is making me work away furiously. Well that and because it is just so addicting to get to the next color.