Okay, so maybe that's not always the best cure. Although my couch is slowly reappearing from the WIP pile, I'm still starting new projects. But, wait! I promise I'm not starting anything I won't finish. When I ran out of yarn for The Kid's purple mystery, I picked up another project that I've been slowly working out. I decided I hated it and ripped the whole thing back, then started over with another design. While digging through the stash, I found two other colors of the yarn I'm using. Yay!
I began working out pieces that will make my new top, now planning to use all three colors. I think the bluish-green yarn goes well with the cream, and it goes well with the yellow. But after a few minutes of staring at it on the table, I just couldn't like all three colors together. Plus, this pattern is using a bunch of strips joined together. Won't striping the colors just make it more difficult to work out other sizes? As it is now, you could just insert an extra panel or two to increase the size. Ah, easy is better.
In the end, I added color by using the cream for the seams between pieces. I gives a nice pinstripe effect without making a loud design of colors. (But you could also make this in all one color!) By using this reversible seam, the project looks great on both sides. I prefer the side that has a little texture over the flat side... What do you think?
So, this top was originally started as another project for The Kid. After having her try it on, I realized that it would be way too small... I tried to get the size right by adding a few inches to what fit me. (She is blessed where I am cursed, and it makes fitting a bit difficult when she's not around.) Instead of ripping back all I had done, I kept working the project to fit me. When I turned the tables and ripped it back anyways, I guess I could have gone back to making something for her... Since I already have the fluffy purple thing on the hook for her, I don't think she'll mind the trade-off. And oh, would you look at that... I happened to find some purple yarn in the same weight while digging through that stash... Guess maybe I'll have to make her one after all. 😉
Now, let's get past all this rambling and into the thoughts that inspired it... I've found myself waiting on many things this week. 1) Buying more yarn: Check. Yesterday I made the trip and bought the last three balls, so I can be sure I'll have enough to finish. And I stuck to the rules. Besides another pack of stitch markers, that's all I bought. 2) My new camera! As of when I stared this post, the tracking information said it would be here today... And just right now while I was writing, it finally showed up!
That only leaves 3) An adjustable dressform. I'm still waiting. It was ordered... Two weeks ago? And I'm still waiting. Instead of getting antsy over it, I keep crocheting. Thanks to electronic tracking, I know it's on its very, very slow way. Once I have it, I'll be able to design things without having The Kid here for sizing. Until then: If it fits me, then I have a new top. And I can use the dummy later to make her another... In purple, of course.
Well, work got a little buried under the frenzy of un-boxing the new camera. I had planned on getting my top finished tonight, but now maybe I won't. I'm itching to play with my new toy. This pattern is still going faster than I thought, being made with fingering weight yarn and a smaller hook. The panels are worked in a quick-turning multiple of two, and I only have a few more to make for a size small. We'll see how it goes. On second thought, I think I'll play with the camera tomorrow. Just like other things, it can wait... As long as there's something else to do. And especially if that something happens to be
PS- Have one last photo from the old camera to say goodbye. There. See? The crochet is back on the table, and the new camera is in its box until tomorrow. I promise. Seriously. I have to wait for the battery to charge, anyways... It might be done by midnight.