Thank you to all for the thoughtful comments on my last post. I have not yet replied to them all, but I intend to. I can see that I struck a chord with many of you, who like me, tend to be conflicted about the trend towards longer patterns.
I have been busy with non-knitting matters lately, but am still managing to participate in a test knit for Claudia Eisenkolb. This is for a lovely linen tee-shirt with short sleeves and a pretty design feature at the neckline, which is called Sel Gris. I still have to knit the sleeves, but have finished the body:
You may recall that when I first cast this on, I encountered some serious (and laughable) gauge issues:
I had to rip and start over again – I went down both a needle size and a pattern size (to a Medium). This means that I now have about 4 inches of negative ease, which is not what I had intended. Nonetheless, I think I have managed a better fit this time around. It errs a bit on the snug side, but I am hoping that a good block will give it more ease and drape. The yarn, Shibui Linen, is not the easiest to work with, but I will wait until after I’ve blocked and worn it a few times to make any firm judgements. It does have a very rich hue, and makes a quite lovely, sheer fabric.
This is my first time doing a test knit. I am very impressed with the thoughtfulness and professionalism of both test knitters and designer; it is a very collaborative process. I am also left with a feeling that the other testers are all considerably faster than I am. The deadline for this is September 15, and I think that I shall make it (just), but most of the other testers whipped theirs out in days.
Enjoy your Sunday!