The fate of a finished object. Ideally, they would last forever, fit perfectly, and be well-loved. I touched on this subject a little bit last year, describing a well-loved hat made by my aunt. That finished object was part of the inspiration for my first 'no pattern' project: the cozy cabled hat. I think of it has the 'workhorse'. Whenever I need something simple and warm on my head:
like when I love on the dog,
or get my ski on,
or get my drink on,
or play some fetch,
or each some lunch in the backcountry,
or pet some sheep.
So what's better? Something beautiful that is so intricate and delicate that you feel like you can never bring it out of the drawer for fear of damage, or the truly utilitarian knit? I think a case can be made for both--but considering that I'm wearing the hat in question as we speak, I think I'm putting my money on utility.