Yep - Banff is finished:
At least you can finally see the true color of the yarn. I know the ribbing looks scrunched in the pic, but it looks just fine on. After a wash & a fluff in the dryer the acrylic will relax and it will be a bit looser. I made the neckline much, much shorter and really like it. It's the perfect size without a lot of extra fabric around my face. I know I'll wear this a lot come next fall. I enjoyed the pattern - fast, easy and nicely constructed.
But the best thing about this is....I made the smaller size. ::::grin:::: I've lost 20 pounds on my diet as of this morning and now knitting sizes medium & large rather than 1X & 2X seems very, very possible. I knit the smaller size of Banff on faith...and I'm so glad I did!
Now....I really did intend to cast on for "Simply Marilyn" but I was distracted by these:
Because I seem to have lace on the brain, this popped out at me while I was browsing through Vogue Knitting:
Once again, a bad pic from my scanner, but I really liked the lace pattern and the "relaxed funnel neck." I liked it so much, in fact, that I made another swatch last night:
This is the Endless Summer Collection cotton from Sonata & Elann. I tried both to see which would work best with the lace pattern. I think the "Oceania" looks better than the "Fiesta." There is less contrast between the colors so the lace pattern is more evident. I do have an olive green cotton I could use for this but I'm dying to knit up at least one of the Sonata cottons so I think I'll stick with Oceania. I'm going to cast on for the cotton top this morning. Vogue calls it "Waves of Grain" but I think I should call it simple "Waves" in honor of the "Oceania" cotton. :::grin::::
There were a couple of other patterns in Vogue that I liked and I really have to try the shadow knitting outlined in INKnitters. But more on that - as well as "Knitting in the Old Way" next time. After all....I have new projects to cast on!
Happy summer knitting to all....