Once I get started it’s hard for me to stop. I’ve been obsessing over 2 of the projects I featured earlier.
|Lace Nightie from IK Spring 2007
It’s such a simple design and yet I love it. I see myself wearing it as a layer — maybe with a lacy, slightly ruffled cap sleeved T underneath. I could go for black and have the option to layer various shirts underneath it. Or I could get out of my black/brown/dark blue rut and go for a real color. I’m always afraid to knit with color — not because I don’t like color (although that’s a bit true) but mostly because I’m afraid that I won’t be able to wear it much if it’s a memorable color. I need to get over that.
It’s knit in Alchemy Bamboo. I’ve just learned to love bamboo yarn but I’m not sure I like the sheen or weight of bamboo for this project. A mercerized cotton might have a little less sheen. I have some Milli Fille Fine that I played with a while back that might work out nicely. And bonus — it’s a stash yarn.
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It’s a deceptively simple top but the details are really attractive to me — the slight gathers at the tip of the V, the graduated depth of the ribbing, and the way the neckline curves inward the last couple of inches. It’s a very flattering top.
The yarn choice enhances the design too, and that’s where I get hung up. Phil Eponge is a boucle made of Cotton, Acrylic, Polyamid and Elasthanne (which I believe is a Lycra-like elastic). I’m not sure if I’d like the way the yarn feels, but I bet the top is lightweight, holds its shape well, and even has a little give. The yarn probably enhances those little gathers so I need to think carefully about what to use.
Any thoughts or ideas about either of these? I’m not a big warm weather knitter but I’d like to change that. Now that it’s my fourth MDSW I’m thinking ahead. And damnit I WILL wear something handknit.