Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Colette

I'm the first to admit that I'm not much of a garment knitter. At least, not for myself anyway. They're usually fairly time consuming, and as far as fit goes... Well, I've been hurt and disappointed in the past.

But when I saw Colette in the Spring 2009 Twist collective, she just spoke to me. Knit in the round, simple, elegant.... And when I saw that I had the recommended yarn IN THE STASH ALREADY? Well, I knew it was fate. I could pull this off, right?

I was concerned about fit. From the bust measurements, I needed to knit the "Small" size, and I am... unaccustomed to wearing a small anything. But the tape measure doesn't lie, so I trusted in the wisdom of the Fiber Fiend, and took a leap of faith.

It went smoothly at first. Every stitch was a pleasure, the lace panel was charming, the waist shaping appealed to my coquetry... but blocking was a tense moment. Colette did not respond well to being soaked, and she lost all sense of her own boundaries. She expanded dramatically. I was braced for another garment disaster.

But I wasn't ready to give up, not this time, not with her. So I soaked her again, taking extra care not to stretch her beyond her limits when I lifted her out of the water or when I set her out to dry. But still... she was fragile.

There was nothing for it but some tough love. Colette needed to know that I was the boss of her. There can only be ONE Master of the Knit in this house. She got a little ride in the dryer, just as she was almost dry.

I guess it shook her up a bit, because she's behaved beautifully since then.


Specs: Colette, from the Spring 2009 Twist Collective
Knit with Classic Elite Wool Bam Boo using 4.5 mm needles.
Modifications: I made the waist shaping a smidge more pronounced, and added some length.

Happy Knitting Everyone!

11 comments:

Knit and Purl Mama said...

It looks great Tara! Wear it well!

Alrischa said...

Beautiful... suddenly I want one! I love the color. Suits you perfectly. You should make a few more so you can wear it every day Ü

Sereknitty said...

Vavoom! Looks fabulous -- the lace detailing at the waist is a really lovely detail.

Dad said...

Wow...atsa some beautiful girlie but picture number 3 - I mean 你做了些什麼在你的褲子. Much Love, Dad and yes that is пристрастяване!

Caroline said...

You look great! And Colette is fabulous too.

Ali P said...

I hate you.

birana said...

Colette is wow wow et re wow! This color is so nice on you. I totally like it and modif you did suit it very on you. Love the pidc with Emilie hug! Lovely.

Sinéad said...

I LOVE it! The neckline is just gorgeous on you. I bet the dryer moment was a bit nerve wracking though! Look how tall Émilie is getting!

Amelah said...

Wow! Very nice!!! Love the color too ! I want to attempt a sweater or a shirt soon too! Love it!

Big Girl Feet said...

Wow it looks gorgeous on you!! Beautiful!!

Margit said...

Love it!