I’m sizzling like an isotope

From Toxophily

Pattern: Squidge Cloth by Sasha
Yarn: El. D. Mouzakis Butterfly Super 10 (100% mercerized cotton), colorway Cobalt
Needles: U.S. 6 aluminum

On Monday I sent my two handknit facecloths to school with Archer — my contribution to the spa basket the second grade is providing for the school’s silent auction. Here’s the second one, which I completed last week. Easy alternating knit-purl checkerboard pattern, but a very nice result — a squooshy, luxurious-feeling cloth with an exfoliating texture.

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I’m glad I chose to do two different styles of cloth: one elegant and pretty, one that looks and feels like personal pampering. I hope the two help bring in a high price at the event, along with all the other bath products that second-grade parents will be donating.

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And because I can’t stand to have nothing but fingering-weight projects on the needles, here’s the Drop-Stitch Lace Tank (from Stefanie Japel’s Fitted Knits that I started up this week. Extensive research convinced me that (a) I have enough Berroco Love It in the stash to make the medium size; and (b) I’d rather use it for this than for the ribbed tank I had previously selected.

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This is only the second women’s garment I’ve knitted, and although I plunged in with confidence, fit is always a concern. The size I’m making should have 8-9 inches of negative ease. For non-knitters, that means that its diameter is going to be 8-9 inches smaller than my own, and therefore it will have to stretch to accommodate me. No worries that it’s stretchy enough to do that — it’s extremely stretchy — but of course that makes it form-fitting. (You know — a Fitted Knit.) And for a woman who hasn’t been to the gym more than a couple of times in the month of September, that’s a daunting prospect.

The tank is knit as two rectangles with ribbing for shaping, with the front split for a neckline. I’m a couple of repeats past the split on the right side, and it’s going very fast. Stay tuned for the thrill of seaming!

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One Comment on “I’m sizzling like an isotope”

  1. The thrill of seaming is great, but not as great as the thrill of your first Fitted Garment. Mine first encounter with negative ease was last summer, and it was a revelation! All my knit garments before had standard ease, and were shapeless. Not any more. Enjoy! Found your blog through wordpress tag surfer. I love your pictures; the colors really pop!

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