I finished the orange dudu and I think my knitting muse is back. I picked up some yarn last week, perused patterns, and came up with a new tank top for myself.
I took 6 hanks of Berrocco Touche (50% cotton, 50% rayon) in this cool pool blue:
I also bought the Summer 2006 Interweave Knits because I liked the cover sweater but I decided it wasn’t the look that I wanted.
I was inspired by this pretty long-sleeved sweater in VogueKnitting Fall 2005. Obviously, the long sleeves won’t work in the incredibly hot weather we have here. I needed a tank at the most (to tell the truth, that may be too hot as well). So I used my noodle, remembered my last knit tank, and decided to design my own tank. I based it on the the Vogue sweater and White Lies Design’s Shapely Tank.
I did have to rip it out once. My gauge was WAY off from my swatch, and I cast on a few extra stitches that should not have been there (say 20… that’s a few, right? … hello?). The second attempt was so much more successful… I used stitch markers to keep count. Sometimes, I amaze me with smartness!
A better shot of the cables.
Okay, okay. I was avoiding this but since I brought it up… orange dudu is finished. It ended up being much too big for me (which is ironic since I knit it top down so I could size it as I went). My mother tried it on and it fit her perfectly… almost like I knit it for her. And then she took it without letting me take a picture!
It took me 3 and a half months to get the orange dudu monkey off my back (I plan to never knit with boucle again) and my mother packed it in her suitcase, leaving me without a picture. Can you forgive her? She did wind up a whole bunch of yarn for me… by hand… and untangle 3 hanks of snaggled yarn… by hand… please forgive her? See her hard work? And there were more that aren’t pictured.