Wovenflame

A fiber-crafts fanatic who lives to create. Lately I've been knitting and sewing to clothe resin ball jointed dolls. I'm also "Wovenflame" on Ravelry, Flickr, ETSY, DoA and yahoogroups.

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Location: British Columbia, Canada

Capricorn, Married with grown children.

Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Craft related reading.

Whew! I'm a little overwhelmed in the craft relating reading department right now. Only a couple of days ago the library finally got in the book, "Knit and Crochet With Beads" by Lily Chin.

This morning I received a message that another book I requested is now in. This one is "Arans and Celtics". I first heard about it on Michelle's blog. She has pictures of her lovely "A Vest Of Many Stitches" and I just HAVE to add it to my "must do" list. I walked to the library to pick up the book. (Yes, WALKED! That "my model" feature from Land's End somehow had a way of waking me up to the reality of my "fluffy" frame more than looking in the mirror does!......I went for a walk last night too.)

Anyway, when I returned home a package marked "Craft Supplies" was waiting for me. It is the felting kit I ordered for my daughter's birthday. Yay! I am very impressed with the folks at Beary Cheap Bear Supplies. I got the package in only 12 days. It arrived all the way from Australia in less time than my parcels from the United States. There was also no duty charged.

So anyway, in the needle felting kit is the book of "how tos" and I already warned Kristy that I would be reading/borrowing it from her. Actually, we will likely attempt our first projects together. I couldn't resist getting the Felting Pack for myself when I ordered the Beginner's Felting Pack (with book included) for Kristy.

Yup, that's right Kris.....your kit is in.

Monday, August 30, 2004

My Model

I've spent (tsk!...was going to say wasted) the entire morning over here at Land's End playing. I was doing fine...moderate amount of time spent looking at all the clothes that were so ME.....until I found the "my model" button. Well, there went the rest of the morning! I had so much fun "trying on" my various selections that I really lost track of time.

Well, I can't let all that time go to waste so, at the very least, I can show you my "finished outfit".



Note the accompanying Knitting Bag!

Now wouldn't it be GREAT if we could use the "my model" feature to try out potential knitting patterns......complete with yarn colors, substitutions and alterations! You know...get an idea of how the finished sweater will REALLY look on us.....and not some super thin, 6' tall model!

Sunday, August 29, 2004

Beaded Beginnings

I couldn't resist! I HAD to start yet another project. This one should be quick and easy and I was able to use some of the yarn from my stash. Last winter I bought some scrumptiously soft alpaca lace-weight with the intent of making myself a lacey scarf. I tried many different pattern stitches and was not happy with any of them. Sadly, I put the expensive ball of yarn away hoping that someday I would be able to use it.

That day has come! In the Lily Chin book I wrote about yesterday, I found a crochet pattern I was able to adapt to making a scarf. The alpaca lace-weight jumped from the closet and said "pick me, pick me" so I did. A quick trip to Walmart for a couple of bucks worth of beads and a new project was born.

I figured it was high time a new photo was added to this blog so here, in all its glory, is the beginnings of the beaded alpaca scarf.

Saturday, August 28, 2004

I must live to be 500

It's amazing how I can spend so much time in knitting related pursuits and yet not knit a single stitch! I spent much of today babying my computer through the printing of the Rogue Pullover pattern. I ordered it from here. It comes instantly in a 19 page PDF document that then took an eternity to print. (Not complaining about "the girl from auntie"....I KNOW this is just a problem with my computer/printer speed!) Really, it took HOURS and two computer "freezes" before it was completely printed. Next step is to buy the yarn.

Oh yeah. I guess the REAL next step is to finish all the projects I already have on the go. Why is it that our imagination-creativity-desire is always at least two steps ahead of the needles?! With all the projects I have "in the back of my mind" I'll have to live to be 500 years old to finish them all!

A l-o-n-g time ago I requested that my local library add "Knit and Crochet with Beads" by Lily Chin to their shelves. I got notice this morning that it was in and rushed out to pick it up. What a delightful book. It might even go on my "must buy" list. She has very detailed instructions on how to use beads in your knitted and crocheted items. Along with some very lovely patterns (my favorites being "Afro-centric Vest", "Ethereal Lace Tunic" and "Suspended in Space Stole"), she also explains how to use beading in your own pattern designing.

Of course you know this means my "must do" list has just gotten longer.

Friday, August 27, 2004

Whew! I made it.

I got ALL the way around the KR Blog ring in one sitting. I'm not sure if I should be proud or ashamed? Usually I just visit a few each day after I am finished adding to mine, but today I decided I had time to "do the route". "Doing a route" is a funny little phrase my mentally challenged daughter and her friends use to refer to riding an entire bus route for "fun".

I am still plodding away on the Twisted Rib Tank. At that fine gauge it takes hours of knitting to see much progress. I desperately want it finished. Our hot weather seems to have disappeared as quickly and as completely as if someone flicked the FALL SWITCH so my thoughts are turning from summer weather and tank-tops to chill-chasing sweaters. Next WIP to get intense time and attention will be the partially completed Bed and Breakfast Pullover. When that is complete I am treating myself to the Rogue hoodie.....done cardigan style. Check out Claudia's in her March 14, 2004 entry here.

Thursday, August 26, 2004

Contributing in a meaningful way.

I spent yesterday happily puttering about the house, cleaning, cooking and baking.....content in my role as "Domestic Goddess". There were no pressures, no deadlines, no boss or supervisor to please. I spent many hours "working" yet had no set schedule for breaks or "quitting time".....I simply worked until I didn't feel like working any more. While it's true that there was also no paycheque at the end of the day, I realized that I no longer feel a need for outside validation of my "worth".

At one time in my life I really did feel the need for some sort of concrete, outside, validation of my worth. I felt underappreciated as a "housewife" and went questing for an outside job where, at the end of each two week period, I received monetary proof of my value. For nearly nine years I worked primarily for that confirmation of my value to society. Sure the money was a nice perk, and quite necessary at the time, but looking back I can truly say that my motivation was more one of improved self-esteem and a feeling of contributing in a meaningful way.

I've been Unemployed By Choice now for over a year and I am LOVING it. Yesterday I had a big aha moment. I realized that in following my bliss and contentedly caring for my family I am providing a peaceful and loving environment for them. I AM "contributing in a meaningful way" even if a paycheque is not the end result.

And at the end of the day, I still have the time and energy to be creative! Ahhhh, BLISS.

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Add another to the list.

Today's entry is a tad late.....(this fact was indignantly pointed out by my daughter).....because I have been surfing the net with dreams of a Rouge. I seem to be late to the gate in admiring this one as there has been plenty of talk about this hoodie pullover at KR and I have only just now investigated. Wow, what an impressive design!

As Kristy and I discussed which of us was actually going to knit the pattern (she suggested that perhaps I would like to knit it for HER while I insisted that she was now capable of knitting it herSELF) it came up that I prefer to have zip front sweaters rather than pulling the darn things over my head. (THAT time of life seems to be sneaking up on me where I go from being too cold to suddenly being WAY too hot and the need to be constantly yanking a sweater on and off over my head is unappealing.) I was saying to Kris that it was too bad that the pattern would be hard to divide down the middle to modify into a cardigan. Well! Upon further investigation I find that Claudia has already done all the work for me. Yay Claudia! Check out Claudia's instructions for the "Cardiganizing of the Rouge" at "The Girl From Auntie" under "mods".

So now I have to decide where to fit the "Rouge" into my "must do" list. I am thinking perhaps it will be AFTER I finish ALL projects currently on the needles* but before the "Giant Lativian Mitten Cardigan" is designed and knit. The rather vague instructions for the GLMC are more than a little off-putting and I find myself looking for excuses to delay its start.

*Currently on the Needles* = One pair of Kroy socks, Twisted Rib Tank, and the Bed and Breakfast Pullover.


Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Four rows forward, 20 rows back.

I lost it. 20 rows frogged. *sigh* Just when I thought I was really getting somewhere with the Twisted Rib Tank I realized I had a mistake way back 5 pattern repeats. At first I tried just dropping back the stitches involved but the yarn is slippery and difficult to manipulate and I eventually admitted to myself that it would be faster, and look better in the end, if I would just grit my teeth and FROG IT. So frogit I did. I've managed to re-knit about 6 of those rows and with each regained row the pain/anger subsides some. Please!.......don't weep for me. I'll be fine.

Monday, August 23, 2004

Magic Eraser

Here is the promised photo of the progress so far on the Twisted Rib Tank. I have completed the front piece and the back is now well on its way.


It was a strange weekend. Saturday I had energy to burn and not only got the dreaded grocery shopping done, but also washed floors, walls, cupboards and appliances. If you haven't already tried a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, I highly recommend it. Wow! It got my kitchen cabinets dazzlingly white again......and I thought they needed to be repainted!

Sunday was the exact opposite. I had taken a heavy duty muscle relaxant for back pain and it did me in. I slept most of the day and when I was up I was in a mental fog. Definately NOT worth the little bit of pain relief it gave me.

Friday, August 20, 2004

27th Anniversary

Today is our 27th anniversary and my wonderful husband brought me these:

and took me out for a lovely dinner.

The doily in the picture is one that I crocheted over 20 years ago.

Did I get the grocery shopping done yesterday? Well.....not entirely. I went to a department store, bread outlet, butcher, and produce market, but no grocery store. Luckily the places I DID go provided enough food for dinner and I decided I would go later for the rest......meaning "later in the day". Didn't happen. So, I postponed until today. Did I go today? No. Tomorrow. Yeah, that's it. I'll go tomorrow.

Thursday, August 19, 2004

Procrastination and Avoidance

I finished the front of the red Twisted Rib Tank last night and cast on for the back, but you'll have to wait until tomorrow for a picture because I REALLY MUST GO. I've been reading postings at KnitReview, touring through blogs, clicking on links, checking email, etc.....all in an effort to postpone the inevitable! I wonder if there is anyone else out there who hates grocery shopping as much as I do? I would put it off, and put it off, and put it off, for eternity if we didn't all go hungry because of my neglect. *sigh* Well, the time has come. Gotta go. Wish me luck?

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Under and Over

Shelby just seems to know that if she sleeps under here clumsy human feet won't be able to step on her.


On TOP of the table is the Rainbow Doily where it is resting while waiting for sufficient framing funds to magically materialize. I am estimating that it will be well over $100 to have it professionally framed. In the meantime, I am trying to "store" it flat. The vibrant colors certainly "catch the eye" in our mostly beige/brown living room! A little TOO much I think.

I didn't get as far as I had expected on the red Twisted Rib Tank yesterday. I got into an energetic mood in the morning and spent most of the daylight hours humming happily while accomplishing a lot of cleaning. Yes, happily and cleaning, all in the same sentence! Shocking but true! The house practically giggled with pleasure with all the unexpected attention.

It wasn't until about 8pm that I finally picked up my knitting and forged ahead. I got through the decreasings on the second side of the neck and now have only a few inches to go (on rows of a mere 22 sts). Should be finished tonight.......well, the FRONT anyway. I still have the back to do.

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Back to knitting.

After that rather long break from knitting (almost two weeks?) to crochet the Rainbow Doily, I am back at knitting again. I've picked up the red Twisted Rib Tank again and last night finished the first "neck side" of the front. I usually knit both sides at once using seperate balls of yarn, but seeing as I am working from one large cone I have elected to do them individually this time. Everything looks good so far and I should be able to get the other "neck side" done tonight.

When I was blocking the Rainbow Doily I also finally took the time to block a little knitted doily I did a long time ago. It will likely be my first AND last knitted doily. I never was really too happy with this one and that is why it hid in the back of my closet for months. Here it is in all it's "ho-hum" glory. The colors are WAY off.......that background is actually a snow-white tablecloth!

Monday, August 16, 2004

Picture NOT worth a 1,000 words.

I took dozens of pictures of the Rainbow Doily last night and not one of them truly represents the correct color of the doily. I experimented with backgrounds, lighting, flash, angle......everything I could think of, but the color kept turning out wrong. The doily is FAR prettier in real life than it is in this photograph. It's disappointing to not be able to show you the real thing.

Sunday, August 15, 2004

Knitting Elves

What kind of knitting elf "takes care of" your projects while you sleep at night? According to my daughter she has a benevolent knitting elf who comes in the night and works on her projects. I apparently have a malicious elf who frogs my hard earned progress when I am not looking! Well! That certainly explains a few things.

She has drawn a couple of hilarious cartoons of this situation and placed them on her blog. She'd love it if you came to visit!

At the end of the Rainbow.

The Rainbow doily is completed. That last row took WAY longer than I expected. Although I didn't time myself I would say it was at least several hours! Complicating matters, every one of the three spools of blue thread ran out. I had even gone out and bought a fourth spool and it too ran out. In the final row I ended up taking a spool of Koban thread I had on hand (identical color) and reeling off three long lengths of thread and winding them individually on seperate empty spools, so that I could finish the row. That makes for lots of ends to sew in now.

So, for those embarking on this project, be sure you have enough thread. The first colors are fine, but by the time you work your way out to the longer rows you could very well need a lot more thread.

On another subject, this heat is truly getting unbearable! At 5:30am, the house had still not cooled from the previous day. That means that today's heat will be added to that which accumulated yesterday. I am getting crankier by the hour. I find myself longingly counting the days until Fall, hoping that come September the temperature will drop and I will be able to move about without basting in my own sweat!

Saturday, August 14, 2004

That's my girl.

I am about 3/4 of the way finished the final row of the Rainbow Doily. It looks great and I can't wait to get it pinned out, starched, and photographed. This last row is taking forever though. Nearly every stitch in the final row has a picot. It is very finicky and time consuming! TODAY. Yes, today I will finish it and hopefully find some "ridgid insulation" to make myself a blocking board.

That special term for the type of foam board I am looking for comes courtesy of my daughter who is just finishing up a year at college where she has completed the C.A.D. (Computer Assisted Drafting) program. She has already been hired(and it looks like a good job too!) and I want to take this opportunity to say how proud I am of her. (And she knits too!) Way to go Kris!

Here she is with her drafting portfolio.

Friday, August 13, 2004

Ahhh, back in the craft chair again.

It felt so good to finally sit quietly and work on my doily. I managed to complete several rows, bringing it ever closer to completion. Another four rows (about four hours of work) and it will be done. I should be able to get it pinned out, starched, and photographed in the next few days. I am finally going to break down and make myself a blocking board. Usually I just pin out the doilies on a towel on my bed, but I want this doily to be blocked perfectly round so that the framers don't have a difficult time cutting the matt to match. I once had an heirloom doily framed and it was slightly off round, invisible to the naked eye, but enough of a variance that the matt had to be carefully hand cut.

Thursday, August 12, 2004

Crafter's Horoscope

Does this sound like a horoscope custom designed with a crafter in mind? This is my custom horoscope for today, exactly as written, straight from Astrocenter.

"It is time once and for all to tie up all those loose ends of projects left undone. Much as you may dread it, think of it this way, MARLENE: by completing these tasks you clear space for exciting new projects to come your way. Know that all bodes well today for all things financial and professional. Perhaps you'll get that bonus that's been due you!"

My house guests are on their way today so I will likely put my feet up and focus on crafting for most of the day. Whether it will be knitting or crocheting, I haven't decided. I have many "loose ends of projects left undone" in both crafts!



Monday, August 09, 2004

Giggle-Snort

With dinner guests last night and company breezing in some time later today, I won't have much crafting time over the next few days but I'll leave you with this.


Isn't she a sweetie? Best dog ever! What a love-love.

Sunday, August 08, 2004

'Round 'n' 'Round She Goes

Still in "crochet-mode", I added a few more rounds to the Rainbow Doily. The green is done, and the blue is just started. Looks love-er-ly! I can't wait to get her done so I can post a picture of the finished work.

I listened to an online audio broadcast for a couple of hours yesterday and the crocheted doily required too much mental focus to do while following the program. Instead, I got quite a lot of knitting done on a sock.....the second of a much neglected WIP.

Saturday, August 07, 2004

My Next Home

I plan to win this beautiful home, when I do I'll have a picture taken of me sitting in a comfy chair on the front deck, knitting and looking out on the ocean. Yes sir-ee, I'll post that photo on my blog when the time comes. Blow a little luck my way please. Can you imagine, with a house that size, how large my craft room will be?


I've added a few more rows to the Rainbow Doily. The yellow is finished and I am now well into the green color. It looks gorgeous. Each new color adds a spectacular new dimension to it. Last color up will be blue.

Michelle, I am using Mettler Metrosene thread. I really don't think it matters, any good sewing thread that is available in a pleasing range of colors would do. I have not used the colors suggested in the leaflet. The leaflet includes several pastel shades which I feel take away from the desired rainbow effect. I have chosen to stick entirely to bright, pure hues......no pastels, no muted colors......and I am taking the rainbow through all of its colors, from blue through violet, red, orange, yellow, green, and back to blue again.

Hmmm.....somewhere in this thread blending technique there is the potential for a knitting project of some kind. Maybe in fine gauge tencel or silk? I must give this some thought so that I can add yet another project to my "must do" list.

Friday, August 06, 2004

Designing Knitwear

The Rainbow Doily has another two rounds completed, would have been three but I found a mistake that I couldn't ignore and had to rip out an entire round. With three strands of sewing thread that makes for some nasty tangles if you are not careful. As I pulled, I carefully wound it around a coaster I had handy....seemed to do the trick, but was not entirely free of tangle related growls.

For those who intend to tackle this doily in the future I have a word of caution. Be sure to buy enough thread! It calls for three seperate spools of thread for each color. I have found that as I move out in the doily and the rounds get progressively longer, I AM completely using up one of the spools. Check out the photo.....one of my orange spools is empty. I experienced a tangle problem and had to cut out a bit of thread and ended up entirely emptying one of the spools.....and that is only at the mid-way point of the doily. Subsequent rows will use even more thread. This doily uses a LOT of thread.

Maggie Ann asked how I learned to make my own knitting patterns. It was a gradual process Maggie. I designed my first VERY simple sweater after reading a (long since given away) book that I don't remember the title of. It was a simple, square bodied, boat necked, drop shouldered pullover for my daughter who was about 5 at the time. The only style involved was from the use of various yarns and a fringed neckline trim. It was successful enough I suppose but had all the fitting problems of the "Da Vinci Man" sweater.

Other than minor adjustments in length, or the substituting of another yarn for the one specified, I did very little designing after that.....until I purchased "The Sweater Wizard" and I haven't looked back since. It's a great program and I still use it to get the basic stitch counts, but have learned a lot about my personal fitting preferences and do a lot of "tweaking" of the default patterns the program generates. For instance I find the sleeves of the program too tight and "70's" and I always widen them. It's not a problem to do this with the program.....many measurements are completely adjustable.

My real, true grasp of knitwear design has come only recently from reading books recommended by other knitters at the KR forum. Elizabeth Zimmermann's "Knitting Without Tears" was a great start. A "chatty" book filled with good information, I borrowed a copy from the library and read it cover to cover. "Sweater Design in Plain English" by Maggie Righetti goes even further and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in trying their hand at knitwear design. While more "textbookish" and less fun to read, it does cover the subject in great depth.

Learning to design knitwear basically boils down to three important things....swatching, measuring accurately, and MATH. Simple math, but lots of it. A calculator has a permanent place of honor in my knitting bag. Maggie Righetti's book holds your hand through all the steps making designing easy.

Try it. You might suprise yourself.

Thursday, August 05, 2004

Crocheting a Rainbow

I took a break from knitting yesterday (shocking but true!) and picked up a crochet WIP that has been suffering from neglect. This is a Rainbow Doily, crocheted using 3 strands of sewing thread at a time. The threads are changed, gradually, and one at a time, creating a softly blended color gradation throughout.



I am on row #36 of the 52 row doily. As the work progresses and the circumference grows it is starting to take a l-o-n-g time to get around each row. The biggest problem I have had with this project comes from working three threads at once. I find it easy to miss a thread. It is like working with a yarn that splits badly. I am also finding that the thread can easily tangle and when that happens it is next to impossible to fix. To help in that end, I am using a spool holder to keep the numerous spools of thread organized and prevent them from rolling around as they are used. I place the holder on the floor at my side and the thread unwinds from the top of the spools.

When this doily is finally finished I think I will frame it and place it on the wall facing our front door. It is a pineapple pattern and the pineapple motif is traditionally a symbol of WELCOME, so I feel the entrance would be a fitting location. As pretty as it is, it is too shockingly colorful to blend into the decorating scheme of other areas of our house.

Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Quick message.

Maggie Anne and Amie, thanks for leaving comments during your recent visits. I have left a message for you two (and any other "blogger" users who are kind enough to leave comments) in my comment section here.

Batty visitor!

We had a bat flapping around INSIDE our house last night. Not once, but twice! I suspect that it never really left the first time, but hung around in the shadows for an hour or two only to reappear later. We were watching television in our basement and something fluttered in near the ceiling. Seeing it first out ot the corner of our eyes, we thought we were imagining things, but nope, there it was, a leathery looking little black bat!

I'm not afraid of bats, but really don't want to risk having the family or dog bitten. We thought that the bat had left when we opened a door for it, but it was discovered still flapping about the house as we were heading off to bed. THIS time we watched to be SURE it actually left.

I am sure that right about now, some readers have the impression that I live in a creaky, old house with broken windows and cobwebs everywhere......complete with musty old attic. I don't. Really! Our house is about as standard, late 1970's as it comes.......and we don't even have access to our shallow attic space. I think the bat may have flown in through a patio door that was left open unattended for a minute when the dog was being called.

In baking news, that big bowl of apples I posted a photo of yesterday has become two pies and an apple crisp. Gobbled down with Premium vanilla icecream, the apple crisp is already gone.



This little device, an "apple-peeler-slicer-corer" made short work of the eighteen cups of sliced apples needed.



On the knitting front, the lowered neckline of the Twisted Rib Tank is causing me a bit of confusion and grief. Failed efforts at trying to keep track of the decreases at both the armhole and neckline edges at the same time has had me doing a bit of frogging and tinking, but I think I have finally got it working right. One of the drawbacks of making your own patterns is having to do all the more complicated figuring yourself.

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

I'm dishcloth cotton?

Boy, I'd like to dispute that! Unfortunately it really does ring rather true. Except maybe the "very hard worker" statement. I do my part, but don't like to think that I was "born to clean". Yuck. What a nasty thing to say. According to the survey.....
You are dishcloth cotton.
You are Dishcloth Cotton.
You are a very hard worker, most at home when
you're at home. You are thrifty and seemingly
born to clean. You are considered to be a Plain
Jane, but you are too practical to notice.


What kind of yarn are you?
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Apple Harvest

Today has dawned cloudy and raining and I am thrilled. I have had a little too much of the intense heat lately. On a cool and rainy day I can stay inside baking and knitting. Ahhhhh! So much nicer than sitting around sweating (and complaining) when it's too hot to do anything.

My progress so far on the Twisted Rib Tank.



I have now reached the underarms and, because I am lowering the neckline, I will soon be starting the neckline shaping. It's going to be one of those nasty "continue decreasing at underarm while at the same time begin neckline shaping" deals.

In hopes of getting a pie or two my husband gathered these from our tree.





Monday, August 02, 2004

10 inches.

I've reached the 10 inch mark on the front of the Twisted Rib Tank. It's easy but boring knitting that goes well with excessive television watching. It was so hot yesterday that I didn't feel much like doing anything but sitting and knitting with the television droning on in the background. Today I need to strive for a little more balance. Perhaps some housework tossed in with all the knitting?

Sunday, August 01, 2004

Road trip knitting.

I'm ba-a-a-ack, and although I knit a lot while travelling to Sorrento and back, (4 hours each way) I don't have a whole lot to show you.

I started on the Twisted Rib Tank that I am using the thrift store cotton on. I've decided to use a twisted rib with a similar look and elasticity as the Eyelet-Cable Tank, but a little simpler and easier to knit. At first it looked loose and I thought it was going to be way too big, but now that I have several inches knit it is pulling in nicely. It seems the nature of ribbed patterns to look loose and wide until a couple of inches are done. The same thing happened when I knit the Eyelet-Cable Tank and it fit perfectly in the end. Anyway, here is the progress so far.

With several inches of twisted rib already done I noticed a spot....WAY down at the bottom of the piece, where I had gotten the rib out of sinc. After returning home I spent a couple of hours painstakingly ripping out 3 of the twisted rib sections and carefully reknitting them.

I put the Twisted Rib Tank down for a while and knit this dishcloth up. Not too exciting, but it was something to fiddle with while I decided whether or not I was going to continue with the tank top "as is". I know you have likely seen a hundreds of dishcloths just like this, but here is a picture anyway. (I DO love putting up pictures! *grin*)

While on the trip I also taught my eldest daughter (26 years old and mentally challenged) to knit dishcloths. She already knew how to knit, it was the shaping that was a new experience for her. She did very well and we were both quite pleased with her finished cloth. Several years ago I had tried to teach her to knit dishcloths, but at that time she couldn't keep track of her increasing and decreasing. It was nice to see that her attention span, memory and skill level are improving.

Thank you everyone for your kind comments about the Eyelet-Cable Tank. I wore it while away and it was very cool and comfortable. I am happy to report that I have now successfully machine washed AND dryed it.

In answer to a few questions on my comment page:

Amie, the stitch pattern came from "The Hamony Guides 450 Knitting Stitches, Volume 2" and is referred to on page 72 as "Eyelet Mock Cable Ribbing".

Maggie Anne, yes, I do think the simple edging would work on a shawl, although in my opinion, it would be best on a shawl with a simple pattern....not an intricate lace. One detail that worked out especially well with the edging, was the single knit stitch bordering it. This was accomplished by picking up my edge stitches between two selvedge stitches I kept in knit for this specific purpose. Where the front and back pieces did not have knit stitches available (the horizontal edges at center front and back) I added "faux" stitches using an embroidered chain stitch that mimics a knit stitch.

Stephanie, yes, I think you would enjoy branching out and trying a cotton tank. Although the ones I have done were not "quick" (because of the fine gauge) at least I didn't have to knit sleeves. It is quite nice to have a few handcrafted things to wear during the summer months too.