Sunday, August 30, 2009

A Little Diversion

Whilst chugging along with the Celtic Stole (halfway there!) and my endless supply of "Say a Little Prayer" fiber to be spun, plied, finished, etc. I was assailed by a small attack of startitis. Only a little one. Here's what caught my eye.

The pattern calls for Cascade Fixation, but I decided to try it in Shachenmayer Nomotta Stretch Only, which stretches just like Fixation, but is somewhat softer. The only color I could find was red. No problem. I love red; it goes great with denim. So a few weeks later, here we are --

Aside from the yarn choice, there is another key difference between my tank and the original top. Mine is modified for the more mature figure, i.e. wider straps to conceal the necessary lingerie beneath. It was an easy change; I just omitted the last few decreases at the arm edge, bound off fewer stitches at the neck, and then did fewer decreases at that edge too. Not so much knitting at that point but a LOT of trying on.

This project, more than any other, made me thankful for my Knitpicks Harmony interchangeable circs. So simple to unscrew the tips from one cable and pop them onto another so the back and front could be worked at the same time.

I'm eager to make another of these tops, this time with muli-colored Cascade Fixation. Got my eye on a nice combo of navy, beige, and brown. Should go well with denim.


Life Looms Large said...

The tank top looks great! The changes you made to it definitely improve it. Plus you chose a great color! I need to learn to change knitting patterns.

Good to know that you like those Harmony knitting needles. I've been thinking of getting a set....because otherwise I feel like I'm constantly buying needles to have the right size for whatever I'm trying to get to meet gauge.

I like how your fashion choices must go with denim! I'm definitely a denim wearer all winter....but I'm trying to forget that for the summer of capris in different fabrics!

Have fun!

Tina T-P said...

That is really cute and looks very nice on you! T.

Delighted Hands said...

It is beautiful! I love the way it fits-I have made tank tops that looked like a tank-real bombs when you try it on! Nice to know what you have been up to!

Luni said...

Very cute! I'll bet the second one will knit up even quicker now that you have it figured out.

bspinner said...

Very Nice!!!!! I love red and goes great with my very favorite fabric denim.

The fit is perfect and looks wonderful on you.

So happy you like Harmony knitting needles. I've been thinking about getting a set.

Knitting Linguist said...

Ooh, I like that! The color and shape are both fabulous on you :)

Sharon said...

That is perfection - your work, the pattern, the color. I can see why you are going to make another - you should!

Kath said...

Looks good! I'm still a tad jealous you finished yours so fast though!

~ Phyllis ~ said...

The tank looks great. Nice for warm summer weather. Glad to hear you like the Harmony needles. I just purchased a set and haven't had a chance to try them.

Marjorie said...

That turned out very well, and it looks great on you.