Too much choice is the enemy of progress

I am easing myself back in from my holidays with a little designing on the Suffolk Collection.

Here is an entire page full of maths that I did planning a shawl:


blog page of maths


It all works out (yippee) but now I have started wondering if I have made the best design choices and if it shouldn’t be worked a different direction. I feel the design, a shallow top down triangular shawl might be a little bit pedestrian and that I need more wow maybe.

Things I know about this shawl:

  1. The name (not revealing it yet)
  2. That it is a shawl – don’t know why just do.
  3. The yarn I am using
  4. The inspiration behind it.
  5. That it will be solid rather than lacy
  6. That is will feature undulation and the stitch pattern I’ll be using to achieve that.

Things I don’t know about this shawl:

  1. The best way to make it as awesome as it can be.

This is the yarn I’m using

oilseed colours


its the yarn I dyed with Lynne and Nicola earlier in the year

The colours are so lovely that I wonder if that is what is stalling me, wanting to do them justice.

I shall spend some more time fiddling today and hopefully get myself some answers via the power of swatching and ripping.


  1. Louise Tilbrook says

    Beautiful colours. I find I often get paralyzed by indecision. Better just to have a go and see where it takes you.

  2. says

    I know just what you mean about too much choice. There’s a fantastic book by John Naish called ‘Enough’ where he talks about that; fascinating! I’m sure you’ll make the right choice though. :)