Maya’s Siren Song

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On the sand of Savary Island dances Maya.

 Into the waves she moves, a siren on the shore.

 Avant . . . arabesque . . . singing haunting melody in movement, lifting her sash

like a sail into the breeze !

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Maya is wearing the Pin-Striped Tee ,

made for her in spring,

and now in the waning summer’s surf, she performs it to perfection !

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( Photos taken by  Molly )

 I am so amazed to see her in it at last !  It was so worth the wait, and what a treat ~~~ thank you my niecishes Maya & Molly !

 

Molly in Montreal !

Remember Molly’s Montreal back in this post ?
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Well, I just got word from Molly , and photos of her wearing her “Montreal”  !

 Just look how lovely  !!!

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Beautiful Molly shows off my modified version of the sporty original Pin-Striped Sweater Tee marvelously . . .

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Modifications  were to crop the waist, and lengthen the sleeves by simply continuing the pin-stripe pattern from the provisional cast-on before ribbing for the cuff, with no decreasing except for at the underarm gusset (that gusset part still needs a bit of tweaking).  Shall I modify the pattern I am wondering, to include this variation?

 Above all . . .

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Always ask for exactly what you prefer in life Molly, because most times really good things happen as a result. I thank you so much for asking if I could make your tee with longer sleeves and shorter waist, because I believe I love it most of all this way and will make one just like it for myself ~~~ xoxo from your Auntish !!

Mini Tee: The Pattern

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Remember the Mini Tee ?

Well it’s been some months flipped on the calendar since I mentioned making a pattern for the Mini Tee.  Last April I believe it was.  Well, EASY little wisp of a baby top that it is, barely a few rounds with i-cord edging is all really,  I decided to include it with the Pin-Striped Sweater Tee  just for fun. Updates have already been sent out for the Pin-Striped Sweater Tee Pattern, so if you already have purchased or been gifted the Pin-Striped Sweater Tee pattern, you have got it waiting to be picked up.  No worries if you are in the middle of knitting one of the tees, as nothing has really changed but a few refinements not worth mentioning, and of course, the addition of Mini Tee. 🙂

Where is the Mini Tee pattern?

Molly’s Montreal

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She knit up so springy, and wadded up into such a condensed fluffy pet-like thing I couldn’t imagine to fit a woman. But to my fascination and surprise,  when under the water she went, when into the warm bath she melted and mellowed and soaked, hidden under the crackling shampoo bubbles, and collapsed into her true self… she transformed.  Ah, but then I rinsed her thrice in clear water, and pressed her against the porcelain sink wall as the water trickled out…. and out… and out.

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And then, you know that moment when you first lift the wet heavy lump of smooshedness from the porcelain… that moment… when you feel how the wet yarn becomes weak against gravity, and you then know just how strong and sturdy, or just how delicate she is going to be? Well, let me tell you ! She rose up from the porcelain no longer a springy wad of sassy puffy loops, but now fully sprung loops, alluring, glistening with wet color, and completely relaxed into her full length and width. No question she will be the right size enough now.  How could I have doubted?

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What measured  barely 28″ in the bust, just off the needles, slightly crumply,  tighter  gauge, is now loosely blocked out (just shaped, no pins) to the exact measure I wanted of 33″ .  Magically when swinging about off of the flat blocking towel, I’m sure she will bounce back to about  31″ and have just the right amount of negative ease in the bust that a fitted tee ought to have for a modern young woman. Her true nature blossomed before my eyes into that wonderfully delicate, almost lacy creature I knew she’d be, yet a rugged one to marvel. She is indeed a most lightweight summery knitted top to behold.

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Her sleeves are not fitted, but something like the pant legs of sailors trousers ~~~ wide and airy.  A breeze can blow through this three-quarter sleeved tee and be dried like freshly scrubbed ship deck in the sun out at sea, in all of about ten minutes.   Refined , yet rugged, and wouldn’t completely die if she accidentally went through the wash. Yet she prefers the handwash treatment, and loves to dry fast out in the sun.  I’ve had a lot of education with these pin-striped tees, I’ve learned what a versatile thing which is skinny sock yarn, knit on tiny needles or big ones !  Once upon a time I thought I wouldn’t like knitting tops with it, but I love it now !!!

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Molly is actually the young lady to whom this lucky tee will belong. I am soon to parcel up this wee tee and post it to her,  off to Montreal.  ((  ” Off to Montreal ”  sounds like a fast-paced French Canadian reel or something. ))  It is cropped a lot in the waist length from the original tee, and then longer sleeves (which skirt-wearing Molly requested)… a bit loose in fit and knit in the opposite direction from the live loops of provisional cast-on, to just past the elbow. Though it looks bigger & boxier than the original, I assure you, it is smaller all around.

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The perfect top for a visit to the beach on bicycles, for a picnic.  Molly’s Montreal is a modified version of Jenjoyce’s Pin-Striped Sweater Tee , the previous post and the pattern prototype, (which got sent off to her younger sister Maya a week ago). The pattern is at the moment, undergoing editing, and will be available very soon !!!

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Details on Ravelry HERE

Edit in :  I am convinced the decreases in the rib at the neckline need an overhaul… so am presently working on that to write into the pattern.

A Well-Mannered Sweater Tee

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Presenting Jenjoyce’s Pin-Striped Sweater Tee !

If you cast your mind back to these posts , you’ll understand that I’ve been brewing & stewing, writing, test-knitting and refining this design for several months now, having knit one after another.   I’ve been having some major knitting epiphanies and feeling very excited about it all.

Notice how it drapes so well on the chair ? That is because it is a fairly delicate creature, with polite,  well-mannered and refined character ~~ yet rugged , made of durable sock yarn, and ready for adventure !

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This tee is knit with fingering weight sock yarn on size #6 needles, and it has created an exquisite sheer quality one doesn’t see unless it is held up against back-lighting.

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And it is a very fine fabric indeed, so when it is folded, it lays in a discreet , low-profile sort of way. It just screams springtime! And summer too!

Pour yourself a cold drink, and pour yourself into this delightful knitted top, it has just the right amount of negative ease, as it possesses impressive resilience. Not to mention cheerfulness unique about itself, what with all those tiny stripes melting into one another. It just invites compliments from every angle !

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It has raglan decreases at the shoulders (even through the neck ribbing), is totally seamless as it is knit in-the-round, has  single row color changes (pin-stripes as I call them) , provisional cast-on bottom and sleeves,  and . . .

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miles of 2-stitch cord bind-off , finishing a single rib , wide, but not too wide, which makes a lovely neat, sophisticated edge.

A well-mannered sweater tee indeed, and it’s being posted to Vancouver very soon, to live with Maya !

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Pattern for Pin-Striped Sweater Tee is HERE

Dizzy

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I am dizzy… dizzied… committed to a state of dizziness.

I am whirling with yarn vertigo, bewildered, confused about the real world, heedless of responsibility, an obsessive and foolish knitter.  Why I want to knit & write a pattern for this pin-stripey tee  escapes me. What… why… would anybody want to wander into this maze of madness ? ( A pattern???  Well, we’ll see if I live to write one ! ) Those friends who may wonder through what crack I have fallen, in what woods I may be lost and disoriented, I have not forgotten you. I am hopelessly tangled up in endless labyrinth of tiny stripes since early last December.  I hope to find my way out, and be back in the world by this time next week ~~~ a goal !  From inside of my knitterly fishbowl, I wave.

Pause

I’m pausing from my busy day, taking a break from the knitting I’m immersed in, and disregarding any deadlines. Truthfully, I’m just having a little fun experimenting with the different photo gallery features. Photographing still more yarn of still another project I’m (still) in the middle of isn’t really necessary, but I do like these playful & whimsical circles!

I mustn’t forget about the f u n !

So anyway, these are going to be one sweater tee (which three-quarters of the way through now), and another which will be a sweater tee … um…long-sleeve-ified. I know I’m not making much sense blathering on right now about it, you’ll see soon enough. I just wanted an excuse to show you some sock yarn through little circular windows !

Sweater Success !

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This Spring’s sweater tees are once again a success and my nieces made them into a photo sensation !!!  Chasing the bright morning light around the town of Calistoga, we sought out our favorite spots.   The corner of Lincoln and Washington streets, with the intriguing minty blue-green building which is Bella Tootsie Shoe Shop, and our ‘cover photo’ signature most every time.

A close-up of one of the sweater tee detail, lighting just right so that you can see the single-row pin-striping of two colors alternating, and the raglan decreases through the ribbed neck band, with cord bind-off  …

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Such fine pin-stripes of light green & light blue, and light purple & smokey grey aren’t even visible unless one is up-close.  Even just a couple of feet away, the colors melt into one another, creating a perfect blend , as these two sisters do . . .

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The mural off of Lincoln Street is our essential destination in every photo shoot !

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We enjoyed just hanging about in town too, always bustling with folk from the whole Napa Valley and beyond . . .

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There was the mandatory ice-cream ~ raspberry sorbet & strawberry cheesecake ~ which is always the last shot I get before the camera protests with no memory left !

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A few more photos tucked away into a little slide show of the best shots.

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More, still-life photos of these tees HERE
Detailed on Ravelry HERE