1. Dog - Sweet Geek and I have reached an agreement. She IS going to training (6 lessons, 1 night a week, about 28 miles from home). IF she fails, she goes *again*, but will be boarded. IF she fails the 2nd round, she's GONE. He's soft-hearted, which I love about him, but enough is enough. She stays either Outside or IN the crate until then - she is NOT allowed to roam the house unattended. (He hates that, but I am adament - NO MORE destruction. :sigh:)(And this was the result of HOURS of arguing over it. It's a DAMN DOG, that was DUMPED. :sigh:)
2. Water - pipes are fixed, WITHOUT using a plumber! :huzzah: Granted, it took him 5 hours and 3 trips to the hardware store, but we saved $$$, so it's good. And now he's confident HE can run water to the goat barn, so we'll save $$$ there, too. :happy dance:
3. Sweater - We have a Winner!. (Ravelry link) Yup - I decided, after a LOT of back-and-forthing with myself and hugh_mannity. He's knit a traditional Gansey (well...IS Knitting, I should say!) with similar yarn, at a similar gauge. The yarn will be KnitPicks Gloss DK which comes out 1 yard MORE/100g than the original yarn. It's a bit more expensive than I really wanted to pay, but...it's the closest match, it's a silk/wool blend (which means the silk will add sheen, which *I* think this sweater needs)....
Here's the deal - I will NOT buy the "required" yarn for this sweater, for many reasons - the foremost being price. The designer (who is STILL batshit insane!) wants $175 (I think I did the conversion right...still, it's a LOT of money!) for JUST THE YARN. NO pattern, nothing. I'm sorry...no. Yes, I have the book - but that's beside the point. For that price, I should get a photocopy of at least the damn sweater schematics (no, really I should get the whole damn pattern, but..) So, I HAVE to substitute.
To properly sub yarn, you need to know the yardage/weight (ie: 100y/4oz). The required yarn is 225y/100g; the Gloss DK is 226y/100g. Next, you look at the fiber content - in this case, the required yarn is 100% wool (Shetland, I think...but that's beside the point). Gloss DK is Merino/Silk....NORMALLY, I'd go with 100% wool, to get the same drape and hand as the original sweater. In this case, I don't think it matters - this sweater is knit at 9 sts/inch (which is....almost insane. DK weight is normally knit on 6s....this sweater is knit on US 3s.) So...the fabric is pretty tight and sturdy, and drape doesn't really fit into it at All.
Now, I have looked at KnitPick's Swish DK, which is $0.30/ball cheaper....but it'd only be a savings of $7.80 overall. I'm thinking, since this is probably going to be the ONLY sweater by this designer I ever do (even though she's nuts, I LOVE her work....Alidansma pointed out, though, that the ones I love the most are all boxy. I pulled out the books.....almost ALL of her sweaters are boxy. :grin:), and probably the ONLY sweater I hand-knit for myself, I might as well go for the sensual pleasure of knitting with Merino(SOFT!)/Silk(Shiny and Oh, So nice!).
Belive me, I have been do yarn comparisons all weekend long......it's driven me nuts. :short trip: The moment I saw the Cranberry in Gloss DK, I fell in love (Yeah...about that. I KNOW I said the sweater would be green.....but.....I'm thinking Cranberry with the rose inserts in white, so it looks more like slashing than just a plain, boring sweater.)
Anyway...that's where my mind is at the moment. I need to check the budget for this paycheck and see if I can get all the yarn now or not. (For a sweater, or any large project, you really want to buy all the yarn at one time to ensure the same dyelot. While it might not matter so much in a blanket...in a sweater it will.) Might just buy the white for now and the cranberry later....:thinks: