Currently I have two projects going at once, one for me and one for Mr. Pie (my hubby). For the Mr. I have a toque (that's a winter hat, to those who are American born. hehe) that is being knit in his favourite football team's colours, burgandy and grey for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I had previously knit one for him that had was all gray with 3 red stripes, but it came out WAY too small. I think with this one I finally have the gauge sorted out! I'm also using a 2x2 ribbing to guarantee that it will stretch a little bit more. When I started this one he requested only gray on the bottom and red on top. I refused because I think it'd look like a monkey butt on his head, so he got gray on top instead! No pattern at all was his choice, not mine!
For the life of me, I can not figure out what yarn I'm using because I threw away the little tags, but it's so soft and slippery. Also, you may have noticed behind the mostly-knit hat in the picture that I have not balled up the yarn that I'm working with. I still haven't figured out why people do that. Why do people take the time to make a huge ball out of all the yarn? Just to make it prettier? I figure I'll ball whatever I have left when I'm done. Pretty soon it'll be the Double Pointed Needles for me again! AHH! They still scare me a little. :) I'm enjoying knitting in the round very much.
For me, I'm attempting my first article of actual clothing. After much deliberating and stressing, I settled on THIS pattern from the Amateur Craft Mom's blog that I found through Ravelry. I chose it for it's simplicity, but also because I could use the 5 balls of Bernat Satin that I found on clearance during my recent trip home to Canada. At $1.79 a skein, I couldn't say no!
This yarn is 100% acrylic, which I've had bad experience with previously. It was scratchy and generally unpleasant to knit with. When I picked up THIS yarn though I was surprised that it didn't have any nylon or something in it too! It's very soft and not at all uncomfortable. I like that it'll be machine washable too.
My problem, I realize now, is that I didn't cast on enough stitches for it to fit around my hips at the bottom. I didn't have size 9 needles, as the pattern called for, so I cast on a few more than required, but the yarn must be smaller too. Yes yes, I know how to make a swatch to gauge the size, but I didn't think about it until I was 4" in. Le Sigh.
... but I think I have a solution. I haven't tried the whole concept of picking up side stitches and knitting in the other direction, like what you would do for a sock. I'm going to try to add the width that way. Might be kinda cool, right? The tank would have a stripe down under my arm where the stitches would be at a 90 degree angle. Then I'll try blocking the pieces and seaming them together. I'm hoping that I'll be able to make this wide enough that I can wear it over another shirt, but not so wide that it looks silly if I try to wear it on it's own.
What do you think of my plan with this tank top? Do you think I could reasonably pull this off, or am I asking too much of myself?