Just to show that I’ve not been resting on my fuzzy mohair, navel showing, boobal exposing laurels, I’ve been knitting on my more modest alpaca creation. This has been a pretty easy knit so far, but as many of you know, knitting with black yarn gets more difficult at night, so progress is slowish. Also, I’m making the pattern up and often don’t WRITE DOWN all the little details. When I pick up the piece again I wonder what the hell I was doing. When I’m done with the back piece, I’ll be pulling out my Sweater Design in Plain English to work out some sleeve caps. I may also dig around to find some of those hideously expensive pattern-making textbooks sitting out in the garage. Sleeve caps can be tricky and I need all the help I can get. I’m planning on making cap sleeves, maybe a picot hem and eyelets, maybe not.
Since black yarn is boring to photograph, I pulled some fuchsia cotton from under the bed, still in it’s Smiley’s bag. When I was working in NY last year, our apartment in Kew Gardens was walkable to Smiley’s, and you guessed it, I walked it a fair bit. It was far enough to be great exercise and close enough for convenience...I so greatly admired Rachael’s version of the Goddess Tank from VK, I’m meeee tooooing her. Rachael wore her tank to the Oakland Knit Together last month and I do believe in addition to putting the Goddess idea into my head, fellow participant Sharlene bought the most gorgeous bit of crimson yarn at ArticlePract for her version in production.
My version is fuchsia 50/50 cotton/acrylic, Filatura Lanarota Luxor DK from Holland. I’d never heard of this yarn before, but it was inexpensive and a cotton blend (100% cotton is a little heavy for my taste). Gauge is off, but what’s new there. I swatched in the round, figured my gauge and re-jiggered the pattern to fit said gauge and me. I’m also shortening it a bit as my knitted fabric has much more body than the version in the magazine, which would bunch up unattractively instead of draping over the hip area. I’m knitting the body in the round up to the start of the neck opening, so we’ll soon see if my calculations were more accurate than the hell of my sister’s lacy cotton swatch debacle (her back piece was 6” wider than anticipated--she’s not a big girl--that’s craziness)! Fingers crossed and blessings to the gauge fairy.