After purchasing madelinetosh tosh vintage at Webs, I debated a bit what I should knit with it. I could not decide between Abalone and Textured Circle Shrug. I love both designs and both have been at the top of my queue for quite awhile. But then, the decision fell towards textured circle shrug. This is why:
a) I am an "amply busted" lady. This "categorization" was once used by Heidi Kirrmaier, I believe, in her Buttercup pattern. (As to why that WIP is hibernating, in some future post.) I loved this description and it makes me smile each time I come across it. But yes, I belong to the ones amongst us who'd rather have less than the status quo. And I have yet to see an FO of Abalone that works for the likes of me.
b) I do not wear vests. And Abalone is more of a vest than a cardigan. This design would only work for me, if I somehow managed to knit it so that I could put a button or two to show that I do have a waistline. The three vest designs that I've knitted so far have not gotten much wear, not by me, anyway. Talia was worn once and is already frogged. Back-2-school was worn once for the FO shoot and is awaiting frogging. I have even thought of using that yarn for Abalone. Phildar vest is my favourite amongst vests and was worn maybe three times by me. I finally gifted it to a friend who will for sure use it more often. Those cables were adding unnecessary bulkiness to my "ampleness".
c) And finally, tosh vintage is a great yarn in a great colourway and deserves most wear it can get once knit into a garment. Let's see if I can produce a wearable FO now.
I'm onto the ribbing part for the neckline trim, which makes 50% of the overall knitting already done, I guess.