Ok, maybe I'm just in a horrible mood because I'm stuck training on a product that does the exact same thing as the previous product I supported... only with more overhead and less elegance and more bugs...
but today's Aran block is just really reaching me.
I am not the biggest fan of bobbles, since mostly I find them to be overdone. When it looks like the block needs billy banding prior to going out in public, it's a bit off-putting.
This block uses overly complicated cabling (4/3/4) and aggressively ugly bobbles to ... use more yarn than all the previous blocks and still look unappealing. So far, I've shown 4 people this block and gotten the same "yuck" response. A couple of them asked me if I was sure I was up to doing cables, since these look so overdone and unprofessional. I showed them the picture of the original block, and they agreed that this knitting 100% matches the designer's block.
Elegance. It works in knitting, it works in software.