Monday, March 28, 2011

I always love when other people do a little behind the scenes blurb, so how about a little peek at what's behind the summer tank I have on the needles? These pics were the first piece of the plan. I keep a big collage of things I like on the wall above the knitting desk, and occasionally a theme pops out at me, causing me to collage a few together. I had put these guys on a page and kept going back to it - I think it was the linear lace patterns - simple but so pretty.

I was thinking kind of a hippy vibe - 70s, creamy, cottony, focused on the lace, but with a structured element, and a few sketches started to take shape. Tunic, cardigan, maybe a pullover. (Sorry ladies, skirt wasn't part of the mix this time -- but it IS part of the fall plan). The problem was how to add the lace detail to a top - without showing off bras and boobs and straps. Trust me, the spots you want the lace are also the EXACT spots where you don't want them. Especially if you are trying to add lines for tailoring.

And then I saw this dress. Pretty, right?

More importantly, it gave me just the nudge I needed to solve my problem. The new sketch seemed possible. So I got my hands on this Blue Sky Cotton in the perfect creamy white, plied just so to create a smooth, but not perfect fabric. The teeny bit of texture keeps it smooth and tailored feeling, but a bit "natural" as well, if that makes sense.

It's absolutely perfect for what I'm going with.

So the knitting began, and as a few of you know, I managed to knit almost the whole thing before realizing I had made it too tight. A knit summer tank should not be tight, and more importantly, I should not look like Jessica Rabbit in it. Nor should you.

So know that I am not being coy when I show you this photo again. Really, it's about as far as I've knit on version #2, but the fit is working out just fine this time. And I just have a few decisions to make on shoulder and neckline detail before finishing up.

This week, I have two days of math ahead of me on my secret project and it goes out the door.

Next week, I finish up the Moody Broody/Naragansett edits, and Sarah and I are working towards a 2nd week of April release for that one.

I'll need just a few more Gin Fizzes, and I'll shoot to get this guy out before April is over.

That's the plan, anyways ;-)

And about that Gin Fizz, if I leave the grenadine out, the it may even be the right drink name for the summer tank. But I need to think about that a bit more and perhaps play with the recipe a bit too. For some reason, it feels like it could be a tad too sophisticated for summer. Or maybe that's the idea? Big sunglasses, high heels and a bathing suit sophisticated?

Here's the currrent version - make one and tell me what you think - summery and light? A little Too? Needs something else? Or do you have a better idea for a drink that matches the jist of the sweater?

This recipe makes a jigger for two people

4 oz gin
3 oz fresh squeezed lemon and lime juice
whites of two eggs
1 oz simple syrup or 1/2 tsp powdered sugar

shake in a jigger with ice cubes

Strain into two glasses and add soda water.


(And ladies, sorry to tease you with the skirt pic! For fall.....)

edited to add: Patty's onto something. You could just make this a dress with a few mods!!


staci said...

Oooh, is that a skirt??? I am on a total skirt craze right now! Can't wait to see your newest design :)

Ariane said...

Skirt skirt skirt!

Patty said...

Maybe we could just keep the tank going and it would be a dress? :-)

Tante J said...

Loving the detail on this cotton project! Other than toys for my sister's children, I've only used cotton once since I found it heavy in the garment and on the hands, but this looks lighter and loftier. Can't wait to see what it grows up into! said...

I think the quintessential summer drink is a gin & tonic. Light & refreshing, with a nice twist of lime. And no color in there to stain your garment should you get a little messy.....

janna said...

I wish I liked gin (and that it didn't give me a splitting headache - maybe that's why I don't like it!) - it seems so summery. And so does this new top - can't wait to see the whole thing!

Kym said...

Looks intriguing, Thea! Can't wait to see it.

QuiltedSimple said...

I love what I see - when do we get to start test knitting? lol

Turtle said...


Lindsey @ Yarnia said...

Ooh, can't wait to see the finished project! And I'll put in yet another vote for a skirt pattern -- those are my favorites :)

Kathleen said...

Love seeing your design process (of course!), and can't wait to see the FO. I really like Blue Sky's cotton, too.