Thanks for the kind words on the halter, everyone. I'm glad I persevered and got it done. Now we just have to see if I'm capable of writing a decipherable pattern!
I have a job interview in Swindon on Thursday, but it starts too early in the morning for me to fly in the day of, so I have to fly in tomorrow evening. What is there to do in Swindon for the night? Is there a yarn shop?
To calm my nerves, I've started another sweater. The deal with this one (there's always a backstory) is that I really wanted to finally knit up that Noro Silk Garden I've had in my stash forever. I bought it on my very first trip to Springwools. I'd been knitting for a couple years, and had heard lots about the wonderfulness of Noro. I'd seen some in yarn shops back home, but it always seemed too expensive. When I saw it in Springwools, it was the same price, but in Euro, so the number looked smaller. My desire for yarn short-circuited the math portion of my brain, and I thought, well, that's cheaper. So I bought some. As usual, though, I couldn't bring myself to buy a good, safe, sweater's-worth quantity of yarn, but also didn't want to buy just one skein. I wanted enough for a substantial piece of knitting, but couldn't justify enough for a sweater. So I had five skeins. Five. A totally useless amount.
I got it home, and started thinking about what to do with it. Then it hit me that I don't normally wear horizontal stripes. I'm short enough, thank you. So what the hell was I going to do with self-striping yarn? I hadn't seen this cardigan (on the cover) yet. I didn't want to make a shawl. So the yarn sat in my stash for a year and a half. Then I saw this:
Eunny Jang's Autumn Rose pullover, for Jamieson's Simply Shetland 4. It's abso-fucking-lutely gorgeous, of course. Even though I'm not that big on colourwork, and don't normally wear that style of clothing, it is beautiful. However, I took two things from this: 1) the shape- scoop necks look really good on me and 2) it's horizontally striped, and it's not as bad as I'd imagined. Of course, it's on a model. But still.
So I thought I'd design my Silk Garden top with this as inspiration. I won't be doing the fancy-schmancy sleeve and armscye shaping Eunny's done. Or the fancy-schmancy coloured ribbing. I'm also not keen on that sleeve length, but with five skeins, I'll knit until I run out, I guess. Also, I'll make the scoop much deeper, starting below the boobs, I think. Definitely one where I'll wear a tank or shirt underneath. I'll have to find some yarn in the same gauge in a complementary colour for the ribbing later.
So far, I've done the back, and, thank the Gods, it took just less than two skeins.
The front, with its deep scoop neck, will take much less, leaving me maybe a skein and a half for the sleeves. I hope it will be enough for a 3/4-length sleeve, but I'm guessing it won't be.
I want the two sides of the shoulders at the front to match, though, so I'll have to learn something new for this: steeking. Otherwise, the stripes will be different on each shoulder once I bind off for the scoop neck, and that would drive me crazy. Of course, I don't have enough yarn to be this picky with the sleeves- there's no way those will match.
This may all be pointless, anyway, because I keep looking at the back, and it seems very bright to me. Too bright. I don't know if I could wear it.