I've finally finished knitting the fair isle tank top I started some months ago. You're only getting a teaser detail photo of this, because I knitted it for Cate, so I shall leave any photos of the garment in its entirety to her. It's taken longer than I'd have liked to complete, but it is all done now, before the cold weather has completely gone. As always with colourwork knitting, I hit the stage of wondering if it would ever be over, and being completely fed up of it, and then there were so many ends to weave in, but once it was done and I saw it I thought it was absolutely lovely and was ready to race on and do more colourwork.
But no! There shall be no more colourwork just yet. I have a sock to complete for Mr Robot, and then my next planned knit for myself is a plain-colour one. I bought a load of grey 4ply ages ago, and I keep wavering in my mind what to make with it. The two things I've been trying to decide between are 'It Cannot Fail To Please' from A Stitch In Time Vol 1 and a 1960s top (the pattern was a freebie from Vix when Kinky Melon was in Bath). And yes, that is the lovely Theodora modelling 'It Cannot Fail To Please'. The two garments are actually not that dissimilar, both being short sleeved and having fairly high necklines. The main difference is that the 1930s design has more ribbing at hem and neck, and a stronger stitch pattern.
It Cannot Fail To Please
Pros: I've seen it on lots of people and it suits all sorts of body shapes; it'll go really nicely with my mid-calf pink and grey tartan skirt; I like the lace pattern; I love the 1930s look.
Cons: I don't really wear much 1930s stuff.
Pros: I wear a lot more 1960s stuff nowadays so it'll help with wardrobe building.
Cons: Grey isn't really a 60s colour; it might be a bit boring to knit; I wanted a grey top to go with my tartan skirt, which is not very 60s in shape, so this top might not go with the one garment I really need it to.
Actually, looking at it like that has made my decision – if the only thing stopping me making the first one is that I don't own much from that period, and the only thing in favour of the second is that it might be useful, I ought to go with the one I really like. I bet that 1960s top would be wonderful in a turquoise or lime green cotton for summer instead – just as useful, but in a far more era-appropriate colour. Part of me is worried that era-mixing will make my wardrobe look muddled, but I'm not sure my clothes define my 'look' anyhow. When I think of my personal style, I always start by thinking of brooches and boxy bags and bright red hair. And I can have all that with either top.
You're very good at helping me see sense, you know that?