Monday, June 25, 2007

Indigo Flowers III

Click to read about Indigo Flowers and Indigo Flowers II.

These flowers have been on and off needles for sometime now, and when they are on my needles, I love how they grow (albeit slowly). Both yarns (Calmer and Zephyr) are smooth and soft, and I have yet to get tired of the cool colors. Good signs! I surely hope that this vest would become a wardrobe staple for me. Well, although there were a few moments that I had to pause and double-check my decreases and see on which row I was at, it took me less time to finish the second half front piece.

Now both front pieces are waiting for three-needle bind-off ;-):

Looking at the neckline, I frowned a bit and decided that some finishing touches might be necessary. I did not expect to get this irregular neckline, but hey, it's lace and lace is supposed to be wavy!

Now this problem directly leads me to another one: the back neckline would be wavy, too--vertical ripples will appear. My current plan is to finish it with a few rows of garter stitches. Or maybe I can add a ton of beads along the neckline?

Oh and I almost forgot to say that the two lace panels are not mirror-imaged. I thought about that before casting on the second half. Then I decided to make them identical, because:
1. It is easier to keep track of the shaping.
2. When sewing with a print fabric which has a very small pattern repeat (6 X 6 sts here), few people would try to match the pattern precisely. It's simply unnoticeable.

On Saturday I made a few delicious pom-poms with Belle. My first time for such decadent pom-poms and my hands were (almost) shaking when cutting the wrapped yarn apart. Since then I could not keep my hands off them ;-). Silk pom-poms are supposed to be delicious, aren't they?

That's all for now. Maybe my next post will be the last for Indigo Flowers--stay tuned and have a great day!



Connie said...

Lovely, Iris :) I think a small neck band of garter stitch or rib stitch or seed stitch should stop the waviness. Lace is beautiful, but challenging to work with sometimes...

Cute pom poms too :)

Connie said...

Iris, this is beautiful! Did you double the Zephyr, or is it the same gauge as the Calmer? Thank you for your nice comment about my (plain) shirt.

Octopus Knits said...

Your fronts are beautiful! I'm sure you can find a solution you like to minimize the waviness at the neck edge.

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