"It's pink, and scented." "Don't you think it gives it that something extra?"
-- Elle Woods from Legally Blonde, on her resume
Pink is my favorite color, and I always want to knit the pink sweaters or other pink projects in the knitting magazines. It's not that I always knit items in the exact same color as they appear in their photos, and I wouldn't knit an item that I don't like, just because it's pink. But if the sweater or scarf or shawl that I like is pink in the pattern photo, then that's the color mine is going to be too.
This caught my eye immediately:
It's the picot camisole by Gina Wilde in the Spring 06 issue of Interweave Knits. I've never knit a camisole top before (I'm always cold and will probably need to wear a cardigan over it most days), and there are a lot of new techniques in this pattern I'll need to learn. It looks a little low-cut (maybe it's just the model?), but so pretty with the lace border that I couldn't resist.
The first challenge was to find yarn for it. The pattern calls for Alchemy Bamboo, which would make the project an expensive one for me. I love special yarns, but for a first time project that might not come out so well, I didn't want to risk it. The wonderful women at Yarns Down Under helped me to pick out a Rowan pink cotton glace that I think will work out just as nice.
My plan was to knit the gauge swatch earlier this week and post it here to show you. Unfortunately, I have knit it twice and it is still too big (once on straight needles, once on the circular ones I'll actually use). So first on this weekend's list of knitting tasks is to see if I can get the gauge fixed. I am encouraged by Pixie's success with her camisole and hope mine comes out just as well!
Another pink project that caught my eye was the skirt on the cover of Vogue Knitting for Spring 06.
This pattern calls for Koigu, and I never did find a good substitute for that. While I was looking, I also began to see comments on other blogs about how knitted skirts always sag out of shape in the back, and that scared me off. I would love to know what you think of this, and hear about any experiences you've had, good or bad, with knitted skirts!
Also in the "good intentions" category: I've been working on the Lace Serpentine Stole aka the sunset yarn, and was going to post a photo of that as soon as I finished the first repeat (16 rows). The pattern was just starting to appear, when I discovered I had too many stitches, and one disaster led to another...I'm three rows back now and still three stitches short. I think I've found two, but one is still missing. This doesn't sound like a big deal, except that when you have to knit the stole sideways, and have 303 stitches in one row, ripping back is awful. I did have a lifeline, but it pulled out on one side as I frogged the rows! I like this pattern, but I really wish it had been written as a normal scarf/stole pattern, where you knit the "short side" up. I'm sure that there are knitters out there that are clever enough to re-write it that way, but I'm not one of them. So, while I'm not yet driven to knitting homicide as Pink Pearls was (love your site color, by the way!), I'm pretty close. If I can't fix this, I might put it away for a while. I have to say that knitting two lace stoles at the same time, this one and the one for the Amazing Lace, is not the most enjoyable anyway. Perhaps it will be easier if I were to follow the pattern, which calls for a circular needle instead of my preferred straight ones? Do you think it would make a difference? Advice please!
To round out the pink color theme, I'm also going to start another Princess Snowball cat bed, as my "easy, knit when tired or in the car" project. It's for a girl kitty named Katie that belongs to friends in Massachusetts. I'm really excited about that even though I've already knit two for my boys, because this one will be all pink!
P.S. Pinky (aka Timmy, with his pink nose and ears) makes a play for my breakfast, during the planning of this post: