(Any "Monk" fans out there? hehe)
So -ahem - here's the thing. When I finish up projects & have a lot of time on my hands, I can go a little nuts:
The not-so-boring-but-still-stockinette Berroco tank made from Zen and Candy FX. I will say that knitting this has become a guilty pleasure. I really dislike most novelty yarn, but there's something about the bright shiney bits of color amidst all that deep black that really trips my trigger. I'm about 9" in - up to the bust increases - so this one might be my next finished project. I'm not sure if I'll keep it or not - it would make a bitchin' Xmas gift for a friend's daughter - but I think that'll depend on how it looks on me when it's done. :::wink:::: Thanks again, Mia for the yarn!
Finally - something crocheted! And no - it's not a strangely designed
chastity garter belt....it's a vest. The pattern can be found in The Weekend Crafter Crochet - 20 Simple and Stylish Designs to Wear. I started this vest once before, but became discouraged when I realized I was in denial about my bust size. This pattern only goes up to 42 and at the time I think I was 46 or 48. (Oh yeah, I was drowning in the River of Denial!) This time I'm crocheting size 38. :) I'm using Classic Elite's "Rain" (also something that Mia sent.) It's a little too scratchy to be worn next to the skin so a vest is a good choice.
The pattern is odd in that you crochet all the triangles separately, then go back & crochet across to tie them all together. It's really kind of fun once you understand what's going on. Now I crochet in one piece, making the buttonholes as I go, until I separate for the fronts & back.
Speaking of crochet, here's a little something that's stalled:
The beginning of Julianna: I love the pattern, I love the yarn, I love the color....I just don't love crocheting with the yarn. The Perle cotton is just a little too slick for my wonky style of crochet - my hook keep slipping out of the stitch, ruining my rhythm and driving me batty! In order to get the proper tension when I crochet, I don't run the yarn through my fingers (I only do that with thread), instead I rely on my hook being able to pull/push against the yarn...and....well....it's complicated. :::grin::: Suffice to say, it doesn't work with this particular yarn.
So - I'm thinking this project will be scrapped for the time being, until I find a better yarn for the pattern. In the meantime, I'm thinking the Perle Cotton might look good knit into this:
I love this so much I did something I rarely do: I bought a magazine for just one pattern. (This is from Cast-On, July/Aug, 2005) Over all, I think Cast On has some truly awful patterns, although I've heard a couple of good things about the new issue. But this one really caught my fancy. The Perle Cotton might be a little too thin for size 5 needles, in which case I need to do some stash-evaluation today & see if something else might work.
Whew! Enough pics for one day, eh? Have a great weekend!
Knit well, Stash responsibly