For about two weeks now, I've been contemplating the fate of the pink picot camisole, one of the last of my unfinished-for-too-long objects. I started it last summer, and due to numerous gauge problems, have only completed the shell border at the bottom. With spring coming, it's time to finish or frog.
One of my concerns is that the camisole is low-cut and looks like it would be a poor fit, despite the pattern shaping. In many of the FO photos I have seen so far, the midsection is kind of saggy, instead of crisp like the IK photo above. Also, the models wear or should wear the camisole over something else, because otherwise they are, shall we say, sharing more of themselves with the world than I personally feel comfortable. Everyone has their own ideas of style, of course, but I have a thing about multiple straps. They look messy to me. I could not leave my house like this:
So, what to do? I talked it over last week with my friend, uber-craftster C, who is visiting the pyramids in Egypt as we type (lucky girl). I briefly considered frogging the whole thing. But, the camisole is pink and girly and I really do want to make it. I knit the border while watching Floyd Landis in his legendary Stage 17 ride up to Morzine during the Tour de France, and frogging it now would just be letting him down. Perhaps I put too much symbolism on my knitting?
I emailed Lauren at Almost Felted [click here to see her version of the pattern, and scroll down], who had knit this camisole as a sample. As it was not a garment for her to wear, she wasn't worried so much about fit, but suggested wider straps as a possibility. This got me to thinking that maybe I could just knit this to fit. Put it on as I go and adjust as necessary. I would want to redo the entire front above the I-cord trim. Maybe with some graph paper and a ruler I could figure it out? I have never altered a pattern so much as adding stitches to the width or length, forget changing sleeves and necklines. This might seem like no big deal if you have lots of experience altering designs, but to me, it seems like a huge task.
I do not need another Project. Grace the pink bike and I are on week 3 of the 7-week cycling training program, and I have some other chores that are going to require a good part of my free time in the next few months. I was hoping that my knitting would be simple, mindless, and comforting, but this is not meant to be. Once I pick up stitches and knit the mid-section, I'll be sitting on the floor of the library-office, scattered with papers and yarn and sketches, muttering once again (as I did with the knitted kitties) something about how it seemed like a good idea at the time. Husband C and friend C, Charlie and Tim, consider yourself warned.