Thursday, September 07, 2006

Bobbles!

I have been happily working on Serenity for several days now. I finished the extremely ribby back in a few days and started working on the front. However, before I could knit the front, I had to chart out the cable pattern. I can’t bear to read written out cable directions. Are cable charts frowned upon in England? Neither Rowan nor Debbie Bliss ever have cable charts for their beautifully cabled sweaters. Phooey!

I love my charts

As I was charting away I read this: MB. MB? What’s that? Turns out that it means “make bobble.” Ugh. I didn’t know that this sweater had bobbles when I picked it. I’m not a big fan of making bobbles or looking at bobbles. Even as I study the photos of the sweater online I can’t see the bobbles very well and I know where they are!

Now, if I were making this sweater for myself alone, I would certainly leave out the bobbles that seem to interfere with the lovely cable pattern. But because I am knitting this as a yarn AND pattern sample for Yarntopia, I can’t really modify the pattern.

So here’s the first repeat of the cable pattern with the bobbles and with the bobbles pushed in. Which do you prefer?
Bobbles!
Disappearing Bobbles!

I’m seriously considering performing bobble-removal surgery on the sweater after I get it back from Yarntopia. I think that if I make a judicious snip in the bobble yarn and unravel the bobble, I will have two long tails to weave in. But I’m not sure how it will look after doing that and I’m not sure how annoying it will be. I would have to operate on a lot of bobbles...

24 comments:

Susann said...

I really like it better with the bobbles. Very nice colour and I'm curious to see it all done.

shetha said...

Eep! Bobbles are Evil. Those are bobbles. They are Evil!!! OK maybe I'm a little biased here hehe. I'm with ya, Laura. I think I'd castrate them bobbles :D

Mintyfresh said...

Snipping off all those bobbles!? I would probably never go to the trouble; it looks fine with the bobbles. Maybe they'll grow on you by the time you get the sweater back. If you still really don't like them, it's probably worth it to you to remove each one.

turtlegirl76 said...

I don't know. I can see it both ways, but the one without the bobbles seems like the space is too big and is missing something. It's more complete with the bobbles. Very Jerry Maguire.

Cordelia said...

I prefer the look with the bobbles too, but have an inherent abhorrence of bobbles. Is it possible that just pushing them in is not giving an accurate representation of the look (she asked hopefully)?

Brena said...

I love the way it looks without the bobbles, HOWEVER those are also the least offensive bobbles I've ever seen. They're kinda cute.

Pumpkinmama said...

Surprisingly to me, I prefer the bobble look too - these ones seem pretty innocuous.

Karen said...

I'm not a fan of the bobbles myself, but I like the look of it with the bobbles. It's a very pretty color too.

Luise said...

Another vote for the bobbles. And as long as you've gone to the trouble of making them, you surely don't want to remove them! See what you think when it's finished -- the look seems very polished. Great work.

Cheesy Knit Wit said...

Hmmm, even though I really do not like bobbles, they look very good on the sweater.

You can even make a bobble look good!

Elizabeth said...

I think it would look better without, but I'm not sure how the bobblectomy will work in reality. I say, make a small sample (could be with a different yarn) and try the bobblectomy out on that first. Pushing them in doesn't really show how the fabric would lie if those stitches were in rev.st. st.

Anonymous said...

Make temporary bobbles and sew them onto the sweater with a different color yarn. Then you can just snip the different color yarn when the sweater comes back to you.

Valerie said...

You already know what I'm going to say, don't you? ;)

But those bobbles aren't bad, really.

Meredith said...

Hmm, I don't think they're too bad either. They're sort of hidden within the cable pattern so they're not too obvious. But hey, if you want to go to the trouble of cutting, have fun! ;)

Jennifer said...

I like it without the bobbles, but I'm not a big fan of the bobble.

barbie said...

Bobbles creep me out. I think Elizabeth has the right idea in testing the bobble-ectomy before you try it on the sweater, though.

Agnes said...

I definitely like it without the bobbles.

Christina said...

I am anti-bobble, but those bobbles are as others have said- "kinda cute." so I'd leave 'em. Part of what I dislike about bobbles is that so often they look like a growth on a sweater, but the bobbles on "Serenity" are politely tucked within the cable.

Remember, that if you do snip the bobble, that it should be replaced with a knit stitch because it is connected to the stitch above and below and you might mistakenly create a ladder and you'll also be missing a stitch in the row count.

Ginny said...

I too am an anti-bobble, and prefer this without, but I'd wait and see. but I'm always into anticipation, too :-)

And I don't think we're *all* anti-cable chart in England - just those rowan weirdos. They don't like to give too much info on their garment dimensions, either, do they. Weirdos.

amy said...

Part of what I dislike about bobbles is that so often they look like a growth on a sweater, but the bobbles on "Serenity" are politely tucked within the cable.

Ditto. I think the bobbles make the motif look more complete.

EvaLux said...

just like several others, I dislike bobbles, but these look like they belong. They're neatly tucked into the cable and I think the cable looks like its missing something when they're not there.
I'd go with the bobbles... and if you want to perform bobblectomy later, you need indeed to make a knit stitch where you cut out the bobbles...

Debby said...

I agree with the others who said that they don't like bobbles standing out on their own, like a growth, LOL, but tucked into the cable knot, they're not so bad.

The color is really beautiful, even if it's not pink! :)

Rachel said...

Ugh, put me in the firmly anti-bobble camp. I don't like making them, I don't like wearing them, and frankly if it were not for my commitment to a "live and let live" philosophy, I would be campaigning to have them outlawed.

I think you should do a practice bobblectomy and see how it goes. If it goes well, problem solved. If not...well, you could always buy just enough yarn to reknit the front, I guess.

That aside, it's a gorgeous sweater in a gorgeous color. I'll be looking forward to the yarn review and then I'll decide whether I want to be sweater twins with you.

Sheryl said...

OK, I agree with the masses - no bobbles. I think they take away from the beauty of the cables. That being said, I can't imagine a bobblectomy on that grand of a scale. You are a brave, yet determined woman!