Sunday, May 23, 2010

When Levens met Manos and went to a Wedding

While I was knitting away on the beautiful Levens two things happened. One, I fell in love with some bargain Manos Silk Blend in Atlantic and just HAD to have it. I wasn't too sure what it would become, I went for yardage that would make a Somewhat Cowl as that seemed like a contender. Then thing two that happened was an invite to the evening do of a wedding. By then the yarn was here and it caught sight of Levens and loved the ruching and said "I should be a little shrug with Levens ruches. I would like to be a little shrug with Levensy ruching that goes to the evening do of a wedding." it said. (Luckily having bought Maggie Righetti's Sweater Design in Plain English to help me out with this demanding stuff I find that this kind of chatter is all just fine and not early onset dementia.)

So back before Levens got finished I had to wind some yarn and swatch to see whether it was all talk or if it would live up to its big ideas. I made a kind of miniature prototype minus the sleeves and it didn't look too shabby. Then the lingering doubts set in: could I really sort the numbers out, would it be too warm for a summer do, would I look like a fool in a Christmas sweater?

So the yarn went off for a sulk while I gathered my wits about me. I showed my idea to Mama on Friday and there's nothing like a Mama to help you believe in your abilities. I worked out the maths I needed for the start and I'm nearly to the armpits of the back. Looking good so far. I'm knitting at a loose gauge to get the drape I loved from Levens which I hope will also make this a nice weight garment for a summer evening.
It's not a Christmas red, it's more a cherry red? Hopefully on track for the effect I want. We'll soon see as the wedding is just a couple of weeks away, so I must be bold and knit on if I'm not going to look like a nut with a knitting needle still attached to her outfit.

14 comments:

drkknits said...

such lovely yarn, and a beautiful design! what could go wrong?!

Rose Red said...

It's such a beautiful red! I'm sure you won't look like a Christmas tree!

Lynne said...

It sounds like Manos was quite determined so you will win in the ned!

Linda said...

Thats going to be great. Its a lovely summer red too.

mooncalf said...

Gorgeous. Maybe it is a Wimbledon strawberry red?

Knit Sew City Girl said...

The red yarn is lovely, I'm sure it won't look too Christmassy. I'm looking forward to seeing the finished result.

Caffeine Girl said...

Beautiful yarn. I think cherry red is so much more flattering that Christmas red!

Charity said...

What a fabulous plan - it sounds lovely, and perfect for a wedding! :o)

Bells said...

oh it definitely looks cherry and not christmassy!

You are definitely very clever to even get this far along - looking forward to the finished garment!

ps I love how it talks! My yarn talks to me too. I thought it was a bit weird....

T. said...

Oh - so exciting. I'm sure it'll work out!! Can't wait to see the progress

knitting sprouts said...

wow - you are so clever. I think it sounds wonderful - and very cherry !

what a great post

Kyoko said...

Hehe! Lovely :D
Red is always a winner colour I think. I often just go for red for no absolutely reason. Even it it reminds us of Christmas, why not? I love Christmas! :D
x
Kyoko

Rachel said...

Oooh, can't wait to see the finished design. From your sketch, it looks like a perfect little top! Go Mama for convincing!!

Red is perfect in my opinion. There are red flowers and red fruits popping up all over the place during the summer, red leaves in the fall...why it has been designated as Christmas I'll never understand!

Kai said...

Love the colour!! And I can't wait to see the finished shrug... :D

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