It’s been more than usually mad around here these past few days, and I’ve been stalling on writing this post because I haven’t had a chance to take an up-to-date photo of the purple thing. But this evening the very lovely Niall helped me out, with his tripod and everything.
It fits! At least, the waist shaping fits. If anything, in fact, it’s a little on the snug side, but I reckon that’s no bad thing. I’m really liking the way the open yarn-over columns contrast with the denser twisted columns, and the verticals seem, on a hasty appraisal, to be flattering in just the way I’d hoped. You’ll have to wait until I model the finished thing to see the full effect.
As you may have guessed, it’s a tank top / slipover / sweater vest / whatever the cool kids are calling it these days. And strictly, it’s not “the purple thing” any more, now that I’ve added the contrasting yarn. (Don’t you love the shock of it, though? I’m considering working in a reference to Caesar’s blood here, but that may be … forgive me … overkill. As it were. Ahaha. I slay me. Look – I did it again! I’ll get me coat.)
That’s Noro Kureyon, by the way, which my Ravelry friends (hi!) may recognise as being left over from the Butterfly cardigan I made last year. This design decision stems purely from circumstance: I’m reasonably certain that two skeins of the Louet Riverstone wouldn’t be enough for what I want.
This is an experiment: I’m designing as I go. I reserve the right to rip it out, but for the moment, I rather like it. I find the sloped introduction of the Kureyon very pleasing, and the tighter V of the neckline division is a nice contrast. (You can’t see that properly yet, since I’ve only done one side.) My fervent hope at this point is that I didn’t decrease too far on the outer edge. If I did, it’ll have to be ripped, because I’m not having gapey armholes.
The back will be different – possibly with an intarsia picture of some sort. I need to be careful not to use too much of the purple, because I want to knit the armhole and neckline ribbing with it.
So that’s it. Tomorrow is Very Secret Mysteries day, when I’ll be writing about crochet. Until then, farewell.