However, it was also 10:30 pm the night before my second class…for which I was supposed to have all of my revised swatches completed and ready to go. I talked to B and basically came to the decision that if I was going to make the yarn work, I needed more time to settle on a different pattern or be able to try and work out the cable 'physics'. And if I was going to make the pattern work, I needed more time to settle on a different yarn, one more appropriately gauged. I was very disappointed. But I’ve also knit long enough to know when the towel needed to be thrown in…even if just temporarily.
This also meant I had that night to come up with a new concept for my design class the next morning...and for the remaining 3 months. It also had to be something that I already had the yarn for, since I had to swatch and block that night. Fortunately, I had already had a glass of wine by that time, which served to keep me from completely freaking out. I looked through my stitch dictionaries and my Knitting on the Edge and came up with a couple options. I had a couple particular stash yarns in mind when I happened to look across my living room and see the Rowan Wool Cotton in Still (964 - aka "baby poop") that I happen to pick up at a 50% off sale. Perfect!
I picked out the Gazebo lace panel from Knitting on the Edge, knit it up, blocked it that night and then roughly sketched out my idea. Basically, I am making a fancy t-shirt. I’ve come to dub it my “Ann Taylor” top because I am thinking it will end up looking like one of those knit tops that tend to be so popular at Ann Taylor during the spring. The Gazebo lace will edge the bottom and the columns will continue up to below my bust line. The rest of the top will be in solid stockinette stitch so that I can properly camouflage a bra. The sleeves will most likely be entirely in the lace pattern, but may also feature a stockinette sleeve cap depending on how things look when I get to that point.