There were suggestions about the fate of Erin.celticsw2

Formerprincess asked whether I might not wear Erin after all if I finished her. Yes, I certainly would. That’s the problem. I will wear anything. If you have ever seen the program “What Not to Wear,” you will have seen people with my approach to clothing. I am the schlump saying “But it’s comfortable” in a bewildered voice.

 That is why I am thinking that it might be better if I not finish it.

marina_th Erin is this type of sweater — a frumpy sweater, as Chanthaboune says. maine_august26jpg079

You can see from these pictures that when you make a rectangular Fair Isle sweater, however beautiful, the wearer looks like a small, colorful refrigerator with a head perched on top. The model at left is young and lovely, the happy woman at right looks delightful, but neither looks the least bit soignee, does she?

Ozarque had the happy thought of quitting the fancy stuff now and simplifying the sweater from this point on.

If I were knitting from the top down, that might work.

vkwinter2005sweater You do see sweaters like this one with the pattern bands at the shoulder and some shaping in the plain bits. The sweater Pipes that I made for #2 daughter is like that.j in pipes 001 It has a single pattern band and then a foot or so of ribbing at the waist.

#2 daughter is a model-sized girl, but she still won’t wear shapeless things with horizontal stripes.

But I am working from the bottom up, and am now about five rows from the division for the arms. Switching to plain now might make me look like the cartoons of people wearing barrels.

I did, however, as I was searching around for some way to take Ozarque’s advice, see this  vest approach. A deep V neck and no sleeves might be a possibility.

th_grantavenueHave any of you ever made such a thing? And if so, was it a plain boxy rectangle up to the armscye? And if so, did you feel like a person in a barrel when you wore it? It looks to me as though there was some shaping in the example garment, here, but it is a model, so it also possible that they safety pinned it at the back.

I have a new schedule for Back to School. I will be doing computer work from home and then driving up to the store for eight hours, four days a week. In return for the extra hours, I will have three days off each week. This is one of my days off.

Yesterday’s intensive sewing afternoon resulted in a finished pair of pants6 and a skirt that would have been finished if I hadn’t run out of hem tapes. I should be able to finish it today.

Both are from Tencel, so there is that liquid aspect that keeps them from looking like clothing. You will just have to trust me on it, I guess. Both are made from Simplicity 4950, and they are pieces 7 and 8 of my SWAP Part II.

I love this verdigris color.6  Here they are in a heap with some other pieces from the SWAP so you can see the interesting color combinations.

I may be going with #1 son to his orientation today.

If not, I may get a bunch more sewing done. I have pieces 9 and 10 cut out already, and have decided about number 11, so the end of the SWAP Part II is actually in sight.

However, I also have a deadline on amendments to my current encyclopedia article, and lots of neglected housework, so we shall see.

6Here’s something else you can do with cucumbers, by the way.

There is a plate of them, just sliced with various kinds of onions.

There is also a sauce of plain yogurt, diced peeled cucumber, and a chiffonade of cilantro and mint. This goes with the tandoori chicken. There is also a nice squash casserole and some plain steamed green beans. In recognition of their valor in tolerating all these vegetables, the boys insisted on white rice.