Thank-you to everyone for your condolences and kind words about the loss of Neko. He was the first cat I've had in 20 years(no-pet apartments and lots of moves) and, therefore, was even more special to me. The boys tried to cheer me up when they said "Wow, Neko's going to be in for a big surprise when he gets to heaven!" 'Why is that?" "Archie!!!"
I distracted myself from fetal position moping by knitting non-stop. Day and night. Lots of DIY and CNN. I didn't make my deadline which was just as well. I don't think my husband needed Carmen Miranda at his reading, just a bookish body to fill a chair. And, without further ado, I present SAHARA:
remind me to always walk around with my arms in the air--does wonders for the silhouette
THE SEQUINS OF EVENTS:
Pattern: Sahara from stitchdiva.
I used Tilli Tomas Disco Lights, 'Ruby Wine,' for the whole piece. 240 gms total, straight from the stash--yay!
Gauge: 6st=1", 7 rows=1" on a size 6(4 mm) needle after light blocking and wearing.
length: 22.5" I made it shorter than the pattern. It was a judgment call not to have a sparkly red line bisect my generous posterior.
I had 4 skeins from 2 different dyelots/shops. I started with the lighter of the two and then alternated yarns across the bust before finishing with the darker shade with a touch of pooling. I think there were more sequins in the darker batch--at least it looks that way in the pix. I didn't change the shaping at all and, as a 36C, I'd suggest you give her measurements a long, hard look. The negative ease is factored in, but I wouldn't want this any more fitted than it is. I did split the bottom edge, working both sides back and forth, for a more tunic type look (due to a small waist and bodacious hips.) Now here comes the fun part:
I originally worked the front and back with the Diamond Rib pattern as called for, without changing needle size. There was a "p3 sts tog TBL" that nearly buried me with all those damn sequins. I tinkered with it, added an extra row of ribbing to get "k3 sts tog TBL." I don't know, it just didn't make my heart sing. I also thought that once the silk relaxes I'll have a splayed ribbing, even if I did work it on smaller needles as instructed. Sooooo, I grabbed my crochet hook and got busy. I'm no crochet genius, so I just did a row of single crochet with a few rows of double crochet topped off by a final row of half double crochet. One thing I really love about crochet is that it's self-finishing.
Eureka! This gave me a nice geometric mesh and a firmer edge. Think Moroccan tiles, the Alhambra and Naguib Mahfouz novels.
Now, how does it feel? Like a hairshirt for fashionistas.
Or the first ever knitted top that buffs while you shine.
Anyhoo, everyone needs a little ruby wine in their life, n'est pas?
Happy Spamarama everybody!