Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Summer Dress '13
Finally I have some knitting finished. This one had been going on forever.
I knitted at least one dress each summer marking the arrival of last 5 summers. This year, I kinda lost the mojo of knitting, but I still cast on for a dress so as to keep up the tradition.
Each inch seemed to take forever. There were weeks when I was too busy with sewing and other fun stuff, and I'd only knit less about 1/2". I finally picked up the pace this past week and got it done.
I like it. It's more hugging the body than I'd normally prefer. But I don't' mind having one thing different for my wardrobe.
I used Quince & Co Sparrow in Nannyberry colorway, kinda mauvish pink, which made it even more noticeably body hugging. I had it in my stash for over a year and guilty had caught up with me. Initially I wasn't liking knitting with this yarn as much as I expected. But towards the end, I definitely felt I would consider using the yarn in the future. The swatch shrunk after washing so I planned the knitting based on that shrinkage. It looked somewhat big after I cast off. But I threw the dress into the dryer after hand-washing it. It shrunk nicely, almost a bit too nicely, I wasn't expecting it to be so form fitting. It was not tight, but I was just more used to wearing dresses on the looser side, especially around the waist. The fabric really softened up beautifully after the dryer.
The construction was top-down in round, round yoke with yarn over as increases which created nice eyelet fabric. I also added the eyelets at the skirt hem edge. Nothing too special but a comfy dress.