Monday, May 22, 2006

Shapely Tank

Well. It's done. That's about all the positive things I can say about it. Here you go:


I think my expression says everything. I'm not very pleased with it at all. Maybe I just lack those garment knitting skills everyone else seems to have. At least I tried though right? I swatched and everything!!

I still couldn't get rid of that damn flipidy-doo thing it does at the bottom:


See how it flips up completely in back and does that Jetson-skirt thing near the front. Sigh. Oh and can you tell where I dropped a stitch (and didn't see it til this picture!)?

And don't even get me started on the collar:


This is totally my fault though. I strayed from the pattern by making the neckhole a tad larger than called for (I bound off an extra 3 stitches) and I knit the edging in the round. What I should have done is knit the edging on the front and back BEFORE I attached the shoulders together. However, the pattern called for attaching the shoulders and then knitting the edging on the arm and neckholes. If I had knit the neck holes before attaching the shoulders I wouldn't have had to knit it in the round thus getting that awful rolling thing.

And no, I won't be blocking it. I'm a wash and wear kinda girl. What's the point in blocking if you're just going to toss it in the wash again? (and I don't do airdrying either! Hee hee!)

So in conclusion, I guess I learned the following from this pattern:

1. Maybe cheaper yarn isn't always better; and
2. Go with your gut, if the instructions say one thing and you think your way would be better--do it your way.

On a lighter note--on Saturday me and Chunky went to Threadbear for the release party for Big Girl Knits! And yes, I did buy a copy of the book and yes, I did have it autographed:


Hee hee! From what I've read sofar it's a well written book. And even though I'm not a size 14 or more, it still has good tips on what items of clothing are going to be flattering on your build. I mean seriously--who is completely 100% in love with the junk in their trunk? But then again this is coming from a pretty non-savvy dresser. If it's comfy and fits then hey I'll wear it.

It was fun getting to chat with Amy and Jill if only for a little bit. Chunky doesn't do too hot in yarn stores as you can tell from the picture from Amy's post on the official BGK blog, and I didn't want to linger too long.

Jill saw Chunky wearing his Colorado State football shirt (Go Rams!) and commented that she had lived in Fort Collins before moving to Michigan. Come to find out she left good old FC the same year (2000) me and The Mad Scientist did to come to Michigan. Cosmic man. Fort Collins really isn't much bigger than say Lansing, and of course when school is out the population drops drastically. Small freaking world I tell you.

Finally an update on my Freecycle food dehydrator: I had another 15 people email me about it ranging anywhere from "I make potporri" to "Please please please gimme gimme gimme" (I kid you not!) to "Hooray! Give it to me and I can use it to dry herbs for ointments and salves!" Maybe I'm just old fashioned but when I dry my herbs, I tie them upside down, cover them with a paperbag and hang them up in a closet somewhere and forget about them.

So I went with the one person that didn't blatantly beg or offer me some lame anecdote about why they needed it oh-so-bad. She'll be here at three. Now if only I could get rid of all these damn Tom Clancy books no one seems to want on there. Damn pulp fiction, it gluts even the freebie market!


Blogger turtlegirl76 said...

Oh how cool! You and Chunky made the BGK blog! He'll get a kick out of that. He's a star! Glad you had fun =)

The shapely tank isn't all bad. Give it a wash and dry and see what happens. And you can always work WITH the flippy-do by tacking it down. Don't despair.

2:32 PM  
Blogger Pyewacket said...

Wow, you and Chunky are famous! That's way cool.

Sorry the shapely tank didn't turn out as you'd hoped. I guess I need to get some drapey yarn if I'm going to try it, rather than my cone o' Peaches & Creme. It still looks cool and comfortable.

4:06 PM  
Blogger Bezzie said...

Pye I thought of you when I tried it on! There's no way this would work in Peaches n'Cream!! :-( But hey add that to the positive points here--I got to be your guinea pig! :p

5:20 PM  
Blogger Stacie said...

Cute picture at the yarn store! My boys are horrid at yarn stores. Worse than Toys r Us! You'd think they'd never seen yarn and it's the best toy ever...all internet shopper here.

9:19 PM  
Blogger KnitAbout said...

i think you're being too hard on yourself! :)

but your expression is hillarious. It reminds me of school clothes shoppign when your mom made you buy soem uggly thing. lol.

1:30 AM  
Blogger Rain said...

I think you may be able to do a bit of modifying to the shapely tank to get it to behave itself. Just have a play with it - or if you really hate it join DOs fug off and swap it for something.

Oh poor Chunky, he looks really fed up. You've got him cleaning, next if you can get him to knit you'll be laughing.

6:36 AM  
Blogger Sherry W said...

I'm thinking wash and dry the tank and see what happens. too.

It seems fine, but jsut a little big for you. Perhaps a size smaller?

Awww, Chunky is so cute in that pic. Funny, my husband acts the exact same way in yarn stores. :)

10:40 AM  
Blogger Penny Karma said... baby! You can unload Tom Clancy there.

11:41 AM  
Blogger Starfish said...

hmmm...well it's pink! I agree it's not all bad, just too big for you. Maybe rip it and start again? Or I say add fun fur trim and join the fug off.

Let me know how you like BGK..I was thinking of buying it, but thought maybe the sizes were TOO big for me.

Love the freecycle posts...I think I have to try it for the entertainment factor alone!

11:58 AM  

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