Hi everyone, its me Abelene!
I am giddy! Since Jen has unpacked me she decided I get to model her newest & latest design, because it will be weeks away before she can photograph her nieces in them, and she wants to get the pattern out there while the Summer is still young so knitters can not only enjoy knitting one, but wearing one as well. Backstory : Jen knitted a too-small Summer Thing posted back here, and decided in the ridiculousness of the situation, to knit another much larger one for very tall Miss Fifteen. Regardless, I have poured myself into that original “Lincoln Street” ( a size 27″ — and I have a 36″ bust ) Jen says that’s eight inches negative ease. Whatever that means, but she nearly rolled her eyes worrying about how misrepresenting that may seem. Jen says there’s an expression for such a fit, called ‘poured into’ , so I am poured into the pretty sleeveless summer thing, and I just feel grrrrreat in it! ::squeal:: Um, but did you know I have a sort of … dream… that I was born as Audrey Hepburn instead of a dress form? Yes, it is so. I know, we ought to be grateful for what we have, but I just love her and the whole Paris thing. And so here she is, my sweet demure fantasy human embodiment, and this is what Audrey has to say about this new design…
Oh, but Jen also let me model the pink one , a much more acceptable fit of 32″, and that means, well, only four inches negative ease! Isn’t that something!
Let me move to the side a little bit so you can see the shaping of the armscye. That is the ‘arms eye’ Jen told me, a really old-fashioned dress-maker’s way of saying it but you can also just say arm hole. Yes, the hole that my arms, if I had them, would go through, and make a sweet flirty summer top, which is really just so nice! Jen has also included an option for lower neck than shown here, which she thinks she will knit up next.
The back, which Jen tells me is the same as the front, only higher. All around, at any angle, this top just makes me feel like I should be having an iced cold pop-sickle while walking down Lincoln Street in Calistoga. Go for the sizzle I say!
I feel that this top is the classic of classics and it feels absolutely delicious, and I think that everyone should have one!
Jen points out that the sizes go to infinity, so big burly men can wear them, as well as little kids too, but I think I’d rather like to imagine being Marilyn wearing one…
And some very important wise words from Michele, who seems to live brilliantly beyond the need of sleeves…
I personally could not agree more! This is a thing that Jen speaks of a lot to me, about not having what a person does not love, but that is another story. Wouldn’t it be great to have a wardrobe of only cherished things you love to wear?
And wouldn’t it be even greater if you made … some… or most of them?
Jen says very soon, when she finishes (a larger) Miss Fifteen’s Lincoln Street, she will photograph them on the actual Lincoln Street in Calistoga, with the Darling Duo, later in the summer. Lincoln Street is all ready for you to make one while the summer is young, and the pattern is now submitted and LIVE on Ravelry. Jen would appreciate it if you made one, or at least went and checked it out over on Ravelry HERE.
Ta ta for now,