sparkle, sparkle!

at least the back looks good...

Well, at least the back looked good. Lots of shaping with a not-too-deep v in the back. On to the front…

blue heron top


I started this top out of Blue Heron Rayon Metallic before I left for my trip, sort of hoping to be able to wear it on the boat. I was on track during my week in Austin, unfortunately, I ran out of yarn at the left armhole shaping of the front! Darn. I left the whole thing behind in Katy while we cruised.

Now it’s time to make some decisions. I can’t really afford another $50 skein of the yarn at the moment, so it’s time for this top to go! But if I can’t make a top that barely has a front, what the heck can I do with it? I think the answer lies in a looser gauge. I was getting about 6 stitches per inch on 3.75 mm, and the fabric was nicely cohesive and super drapey (as rayon is).

Maybe a lace top instead? That would cut down on yardage. Hmmmm. In the meanwhile, I think the yarn is going to sit in the corner for awhile while I ponder more cooperative (and new and exciting) knits.


handspun scarf-to-be

A lace scarf from Victorian Lace Today, out of my handspun polwarth/alpaca/angora. Fuzzy!






10 responses to “sparkle, sparkle!”

  1. Suzanne V. (Yarnhog) Avatar

    Dang. That’s harsh. How about combining yarns? Use the expensive yarn for the body and less expensive coordinating yarn for trim? Or stripes. I don’t much like them as a rule, but lots of people do. Or maybe a camisole–you can end the back at the armholes and do spaghetti straps.

  2. h Avatar

    Could you make the back V just so much lower to give you the yarn you need for the remainder of the front? Just a thought . I feel for you!

  3. Wannietta Avatar

    Deepen the v-shaping in the back maybe.

  4. Liz K. Avatar

    I made a simple shawl with one hank of rayon metallic. You can see it here:

  5. rachel Avatar

    You were so close to finishing it. :(

  6. Lissa Avatar

    Match the back to the front with the Vs. You can wear a tank under it after all.

  7. Asaknitter Avatar

    Yes, a lace top is the way to go. Sorry that you ran out of yarn…

  8. Sara Avatar

    it’s too bad you ran out of yarn because that top is gorgeous.

  9. Karen Avatar

    A lot of us seem to have thought of this – doing more V or straight across in the back?

    The idea of lace is a good one too – there seem to be a lots of tops/tanks out there just now with a lacy bottom section and a more (or completely) solid “bra” area.

    The yarn is gorgeous – good luck making it behave!

  10. Sleepsong Avatar

    Another suggestion that could even jazz it up a bit is to get a cheap, sparkly bracelet of this variety at your local Target or similar store, take off the clasps, and sew the bracelet on as the remainder of the shoulder.

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