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Finished, and not-so

You wouldn’t know it from looking at this blog, but there has been plenty of stitching going on in these parts since March. Where to begin? Hmm…in rather random fashion, then…..

I started and finished this:

It’s based on the YOLO shawl, but anyone who knows that pattern will recognize a few departures. The most important change was dimensions. I wanted that smooth crescent shape but much deeper and not as wide. My adjustments resulted in more of a half-circle than a crescent, but the shawl still has that fantastic mock-cable border (which I DID do according to pattern) that first caught my attention.

The Type-A dork in me had lots of fun mapping the color changes. Yes, in Excel. The best part of the mock-gradient plan? It works with leftovers.

I am a cold-molasses slow knitter, but even so, this didn’t take an insane amount of time to do. For those of you with dexterity, this would be a super quick knit. I give the pattern good marks, too, for being very precise.

Other recent stitches came from a great big pile of mending. I didn’t take pictures of the ordinary stuff–restoring lost buttons, pulled-out hems, and split side-seams, or rehemming kids’ jeans with blown-out knees into neater shorts–but I did bother to break out the camera for this one:

I bought this dress from a thrift shop at least eight years ago. I’ve worn it quite a lot, but it was nowhere close to the size I bought anymore. For some reason, this rayon fabric stretches like crazy. It’s not even cut on the bias!

When the dress finally stretched to the point I was literally treading on it with every step, I bit the bullet and took it apart to shorten from the waist rather than mess with that border print. No joke, I cut off about 8 inches before I got the dress back to its original shin length! Rather than reset the pockets, which would have been trapped in the new waist seam, I just left them off altogether. They were patch pockets anyway, and I think not having them there somehow makes this slightly more of a dress-up dress than a casual one. Nice, since this pretty border print deserves a classier audience.

The dress is still neat looking and easy wearing, just not so ridiculously long. Now maybe I can squeeze another decade out of it!

There have been a bunch of dishcloths, too, both in knit and in crochet. At least half I gave away without photographing. But since I’ve used this same pattern for all the crochet ones, you get the idea from these two:

Dishcloths are my favorite “palate-cleanser” projects–small, satisfying, and so perfectly practical that there’s zero guilt in enjoying them.

Finally, I’ve also been working on this Granny Smith wrap–which, admittedly, has no relation to apples when done in purple:

The plan was to make this wrap one half of a gift, along with a shell or short-sleeve top in all white or white with purple contrast details. But I haven’t landed on the right pattern. I’m drawn to the loveliness of lace, but I’m not okay with all-lace tops. “Warm-weather appropriate” plus “I will have to wear another layer with this to be decent” is contradictory, no?

I just might have to find a plain stockinette basic pattern and work out how to add a zig-zaggy detail like in Granny Smith to just the lower hem. That’s a last resort, though. I may well be too slow a knitter to have wiggle-room for ripping and redoing and still get the top completed by gift-giving time (November), especially given how little free time I usually have in fall.

I would be very grateful to hear your favorite modest-but-pretty (and already tested by a skilled, experienced knitter–someone who isn’t me) knitted top pattern suggestions. Please do share!

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