I need a little more of a challenge for the next garment but there are also other complications. I have lost weight. Remember my lovely Lipstick?
See that tiny bit of a wibble right at the neckline where the buttons are? Well, that tiny wibble gives you an idea that I knit the sweater just a wee bit too large. It didn't matter then so much, but man oh man, it does now. I wore it the other day and I think I am going to take it apart and reknit it next winter. I adore the sweater, I adore the yarn and reknitting is almost going to be fun.
It does make me feel elaborate sweaters may not be a really good idea right now. Which is kind of a shame. All along I have been planning to knit my version of Bacardi this spring. As I was packing, I pulled out the yarn I have for it. All the balls are wound. I just need to knit a swatch to sort out the order of colours ... I don't want to knit this sweater and then have it get to large. It's cotton with ends and there wouldn't be any real possibility of a reknit. I want to wait till life stabilizes some.
I do have other cottons and summer yarns that beg to be knit and I do want to knit some of it up this year. I am a little short on nice looking tops for summer and with a family wedding coming up, a nice top is much needed. I am going to try and find adventure there.
If I used these yarns
Or some combination thereof,
with a strong colour block but an otherwise simple 'cut', I think that might be interesting enough. I swatched this in 2013, right before life changed so abruptly. For a basic shape, I am leaning towards the Knit T-Shirt from Purl Soho but there are a couple other choices too. Block Theory and the Sissone Tee patterns are contenders too.
At the same time, I do have some lovely bamboo that would look wonderful knit into this top. The yarn is from the one time, where I did not recall buying some really luscious deep purple fingering weight bamboo. Total surprise. It would be great in a lacy thing like this.
There are others. Some soft purpley grey linen, some really marvelous linen and silk in cream, some persian red cotton, a soft vintage grape. Something with a lace pattern for the plain colours perhaps. Lots of choices.
Don't get me started on lace. I have some really lovely laceweights in quantity enough for a top that would be light and airy enough for a summer outdoor wedding.
A stash is a wonderful thing. I can shop and shop and not spend a single penny but for the pattern, unless it is one from my books as it well may be. I have a few days to contemplate and then I must choose.