Sunday, April 19, 2009

Spring is here, and it's time to do some warm weather knitting.

Living in Texas, figuring out useful things to knit can be a bit of a challenge, since we don't really need too many scarves, warm hats, or sweaters. Even socks. It is possible to have too many socks, especially when sandals weather arrives.

So I've decided to make this. It looks like it's a nice, light lacy knit t-shirt. I like the lace aspect of it because if I knit something to wear, I want it to have aspects of it that I can't find in other places. I can just sew myself a t-shirt out of fabric, so I want to make sure that a top that is knitted includes a part that can only be created by knitting.

I started it a few days ago, and it's going really well.

Lacy Tee 4/19

Those are the first few bottom inches. It is knit entirely in the round, and the lace pattern is a very very easy repetitive pattern. I'm really enjoying it so far, and I think I got the sizing right. That is always my biggest concern in knitting a garment (at least the few I've knitted so far). If I sew a top and it is too big (I tend to err on too big), I can always take it in. That isn't all that easy with knit garments, so I have to pay much more attention to sizing and measurements. Fortunately, in a piece knit in the round, I can always take it off the needles to try it on occasionally. I've already done that once (Even though I've only worked a few inches, I figured I should check the sizing before I get to much further) and I plan to do that pretty regularly as I continue working on the piece.

I'm using 100% hemp yarn, allhemp3. I was expecting it to be really rough and twine like, because it almost feels that way wound in a ball, but it's actually very comfortable to use.

So far, this is a very easy project, and I'm hoping to have it completed in the next few weeks. I'll keep you posted.


Ms. Tabby said...

You should check out and join the CLACK forum on there. We/they meet at Panera Bread on 45 and Bay Area Monday nights to sit and knit with company from like 7-9:30. I don't usually get to go because I'm either at work or at choir practice, but it's a really fun group - and not just girls! ;) (although mostly girls, it's true)

Hope to see you sometime. BTW, your husband recommended your blog through twitter, if you're wondering who the heck I am.


The Curly One said...

Hi Tabby,

Thanks for the invite! I've been trying to make it to a knit-night (we live in Pearland and I know there is one here,too) but nighttime is often pretty crazy for us. I definitely need more knitting buddies! I'll check out the CLACK forum on ravelry, thanks!