So the dress pattern writing is taking a lot longer than I (naively) anticipated.
It appears that customising a knit to fit my body is fairly straightforward.
Making said design fit the 'standard' is frankly turning out to be a pain in the rump! (who'd have thought!) :)
There will have to be changes. However I'm striving to keep it's original simplicity.
In order to get this done I enforced upon myself a 'knitting ban' while I try to work this out.
When I say 'knitting ban' I mean no more new projects.
Not even swatching for that jumper that's knocking around in my head
(always at 3.45am why? why?)
So how does a Knitting addict cope in times of drought?
(especially when casting on the yoke for the 5th time just isn't particularly alluring)
I sort of bent/broke my own rules and had the knitting equivalent of a marathon!
Like when I decide to cut out sugars and spend the next week living on Galaxy bars!
I don't know how it happened (maybe I blacked out) but I made these 3 neckwarmers
It appears I also managed to bend the space/time continuum to spin the yarn for this one...
Which was actually how the full blown knit-gorge began.
I was window shopping some online yarn shops and saw some felted yarn.
You've probably seen it, used it, got the jumper etc... but it was all new to me.
So I figured that making my own felted yarn was within the rules. (right,right!)
I had dyed up this merino...
...a while ago, and I decided it would be perfect for my little experiment.
I spun it thick and thin on my drop spindle.
Which even with a roman spindle weight attached (a gift from a metal detector/treasure hunting friend) was too light to 'drop spin' so I just rolled it down my thigh to get the twist.
At times I did feel like I was wrestling an anaconda, but can you really think of a better way to spend a few hours? :)
When It was spun I soaked it in a bowl of hot water (as I would to set the twist) then I plopped it into a sink of cold water (giving it a bit of rough treatment while it was submerged)
I did this repeatedly and unsurprisingly It worked! (surprisingly It was nice too)
Here it is before I knitted it...
And that was the catalyst.
I mean, how could I not knit it?
As punishment it turns out the colours do not suit me at all (hence Poppy doing the modelling) so I decided to pop it in my etsy shop...
....but hang on, I can't put just one in there...that would look erm, unprofessional?
(and of course If I don't sell them I can keep them! Guilt free!)
So cough cough these two somehow appeared...
I don't think I have ever been so productive.
It's just a shame it wasn't my dress I was ploughing away at.
But hey ho...I did at least have a new idea for the increases while I was sewing on a ribbon.
Three cheers for not knitting!