Monday, January 19, 2009

Proof that I am indeed doing things...

Erk - I've been back from NSW for days now, and while I've had a lot of fun since, it was feeling like I hadn't really done anything constructive. Perhaps I shouldn't have been too worried about this, seeing as I am still on uni holidays and all, but in some ways that made me feel even weirder, because it's during my uni holidays that I get all my knitting/writing/other random stuff done. Anyway, long story short, last night I remembered that all I had to do to alleviate this feeling was to come down from my procrastinatory tower and actually finish something. So, I finished my halter top (and it took a whole half an hour, which made me feel even sillier for putting it off). Without further ado, I give you the first finished object of 2009:

The nitty gritty: Self designed halter top, with an eyelet rib body. Waist shaping, and increases at the bust. I-cord straps. Moss stitch border along the neckline, knitted on during finishing (to, ahem, disguise my dippy increases). Made on a 4mm circular needle. Yarn used was 3 balls of Sullivans Coton-A (acrylic/cotton blend).

The colour commentary: Haha! I have waist shaping! In your face, empire-waist infested clothes shops! The whole goal behind this project (if indeed something so random, that was only even started in the first place so I'd have something to lug to the Melbourne SnB meetup, could be said to have a goal) was to make something with a lace body that didn't make me look "like a pregnant teenager" (as a friend of mine so accurately describes the current fashion in billowy summer clothes). I don't have particularly emphatic curves. I don't have long legs. I don't have hair that behaves. I don't have tiny graceful little feet. But I do have a waist, and I bloody well want to make the most of it! So, I attempted - gasp - waist shaping in lace. Yeah yeah, I know that most experienced knitters are rolling their eyes by this point, but it's not something I'd tackled before, so I was a little nervous about it. Anyway, it seemed to come out fine. The shaping is far from invisible, but I actually kind of like the way it looks along the sides (please forgive the blurry shot - for some reason this top was a nightmare to photograph):

All in all, I was very happy with this. One of the things that I want to do this year is design a lot more of my own things, so this seems a pretty good way to kick off! I'm thinking I'm going to do another version at some stage - probably with nicer yarn and better planning (I might actually write the pattern up for this properly if I can be bothered), because this one really was just made up as I went along. For the next one, I'd like to make the moss stitch border knitted on, and actually do the neckline decreases properly (the whole reason I had to apply the border in the first place this time around). And I'll make it in better yarn too, methinks, although I do absolutely love the colour of this.

And now it's time to go and eat biscuits in my halter top. With my book. In the shade. So there.


Wired for Fibre said...

That looks awesome, you totally should write the pattern up!

Rebecca said...

I love it! So cute! And you're right--the fashions now do look like pregnant teens. Actually, case in point, my dance teacher (who is 8 mos pregnant) actually BOUGHT most of her maternity clothes from the teen section, bypassing maternity dress shops entirely!

Glad to see you weren't eaten by a shark!

Abby said...

I gladly take up the rebellion against pregnant teen fashion. The halter looks great - and even more impressive since it was self-designed!

We in the northern hemisphere are having winter now, but I can at least dream of sleevelessness.

Kim Robin Hicks said...

Would love the pattern! Very cute!