There is no way you'd ever call me a product knitter. There are many reasons why I knit, the least of which is to have a sweater.
But then again, I love clothes. I love fashion, and I love creating my own, unique pieces. Sometime I do knit for the sweater, and here's a prime example:
(the knitting looks unven but it'll smooth out when I steam it)
See that picture? It's a page ripped out of the latest issue of Lucky magazine. I saw this pullover and fell in love with it. It has a certain Gothic prep look to it, like if you took your uncle's golf shirt and cut the collar out, reshaped it, and wore it with too much makeup. The Americana look of the red-and-white stripes, worn skin tight with cleavage showing -- it's a slanted take on a classic, preppy piece, and exactly how I like to make clothes, by taking something established and changing or adding to it in an unexpected way. I even like the way it's styled with a tame skirt and skinny belt!
Am I reading too much into this? Probably. It is, after all, just a striped pullover.
But I read the magazine last week, ripped out this page, and started thinking. The next day at work, I told everyone about the sweater. I waited one day and was still thinking about it, so the next day I bought the yarn. I wanted the same kind of fit, so I had to use something thin and stretchy (think negative ease). I picked Filatura Zara, because the shade of red was just perfect.
I decided to knit it in the round and am carrying the colors up the side, so there will be fewer ends to weave in. (I learned my lesson from the Crazy 8's stripes pullover!) I cast on and 2 days later have finished the body and bound off for the armholes, now I'm working the front and back separately.
Talk about compulsive!
The main change I'm making to this sweater (after all, if I wanted this exact sweater I'd just go out and buy it, what's the point of knitting the exact same thing you can buy in the store?) is with the neckline. It's not going to be a v-neck, it's going to be an off one shoulder asymetrical neckline. It's hard to describe, but you'll see what I mean when I'm done.
You know it's the product when I use the phrase "when I'm done" instead of "if I ever finish".