July 30, 2008

Flow Goes

I adore this tank. I wore it all day yesterday and just can't get enough of it.


This is the Flow tank, from Norah Gaughan's book two with Berroco, knit out of a really interesting yarn called Seduce, (colour is 4451 "Passimenterie Green") a core wrapped yarn made from 47% Rayon, 25% Linen, 17% Silk and 11% Nylon. It's a remarkably weird yarn for me to choose to knit with, not at all what I usually buy, and I would have walked right by it in WEBS, if there hadn't happened to be a shop model hanging above the yarn. (There's a lesson in there for shops.)


I enjoyed knitting with this yarn about as much as I enjoy knitting with cotton or linen or rayon at the best of times - which is really not much at all. I love the bounce and springiness of wool, and inelastic fibres like this are hard on my hands as I knit them up. The shop model of this was so beautiful though, that I though that I would suck it up for one garment, and I did, and I'm so glad I did. Where the yarn was inelastic and unyielding, the fabric it created is stretchy, graceful and ... it just flows.


I think it's going to be a workhorse of a top, possessed of all of my favourite qualities in a tank. I like high necklines and high armscye... wide straps to cover my bra straps (I've never adjusted to the idea that it's ok to show straps) and this is perfectly shaped in that department. I made only one modification (which seriously, is a pretty good ranking for any project I make) and lengthened the body by about 4cm (1.5 inches) after the shaping was completed. Even though I'm only 5'1", it was too short for my taste as written, but I think it's just perfect now. I can see this top going anywhere. With my standard brown linen skirt it went to yoga and the pub, looked great while I was riding my bike. (The advantages of that high neck again... when I lean forward on my bike I don't blind oncoming traffic with the stellar view of my breasts.)


(This picture was a little blurry, on account of Rachel H was riding her bike at the same time too...and don't say a word about the no hands. I can ride no hands if I want to. I'm 40 years old and wearing a helmet.)

As great as this looks casual, I think that with an elegant skirt or my wide linen pants this could easily go to a meeting or dinner somewhere fancy - which is great, because sometimes that comes up and I don't have anything to wear.


Near as I can tell, the only thing wrong with this tank is that I only have one.
Thrilled to death with this knit. Thrilled.

Posted by Stephanie at July 30, 2008 11:48 AM