Today is the first day of summer. I'm going to celebrate by going to a baseball game and wearing the newest addition to my wardrobe, my Linen Top.
I made a few modifications to this pattern. I cast on 66 stitches for each piece and I knit 75 rows in the center sections between the pattern rows. After I seamed the pieces together, I slipped this on to see how it would fit. I was horrified that it was too short. I don't have the figure for a belly shirt. I immediately starting thinking which daughter I was going to give this to. But after I put it in the washer and dryer for a spin, the fabric loosed up and the garment lengthened to the perfect spot. I pulled it out of the dryer while it was still a bit damp, held it by the shoulder seams and gave it a good shake. It then went on to a hanger to dry completely.
I wore it to work one day this week. I got many compliments on it. I can't tell you how happy I am with this. I want to get more linen and make it in other colors.
This was my first garment made of linen. Years ago I made a shawl out of linen. At the time I only hand washed it, thinking that is what you do with hand knits. I was very nervous about putting this top into the washer, but a friend kept reassuring me that everything would be alright. Now that I see how wonderful the linen is, I think I'm going to toss the shawl into the washer for a spin.
Since the top is now finished, I am moving on to a couple other projects. First there is another summer top in the works.
This is my Pink Selway. The yarn is a linen/cotton blend. I'm hoping it assumes the same drapiness as the Linen Top. My only complaint right now is that the yarn is very splitty. It is a 3-ply yarn without much twist. I have to be very careful when I'm purling the yarn over stitches to make sure I don't also grab the knit stitch next to it.
The other project I started is Nymphalidea.
I saw the version that Wendy's Knit made and fell in love. After a dive through the stash, I came up with two balls of cotton that I thought would work fabulously. The green is Aslan Trends Class. The multi-colored yarn is a mystery yarn I remember buying last year at one of the fiber festivals. The multi seems to be a cotton blend of some sort. I don't know how much is there, but my plan is to knit until I run out of yarn.
Once these projects are done, I have to get back to Trisha's college blanket. She is anxious for me to get it finished.