This has been a very busy time for both Nonnahs and me at the office. I don't think I've ever worked so many long days in a row and while the overtime will finally allow me to get my teeth fixed, it is taking it's toll. It is also seriously cutting into my knitting time at the office, although I am still sneaking in some on my lunch break. I am exhausted when I do finally make it home at night, but I am taking solace in my limited knitting time in the evenings. As such, I was able to do the finishing work (bands and seaming) during most of my evenings last week, so I am actually able to present an FO!
This is Badia knit in approximately, 2 and 2/3 balls of Lion Band Cotton-Ease in the new Violet colorway on size 7 needles. The pattern was fairly simple and the cable and lace panel was fun. I did however end up removing the cable and lace from the back because I just wasn't feeling it being back there. I opted instead for plain stockinette. Because of differences in my gauge to the pattern requirements, I was able to knit the smallest size to net me approximately my size (34).
I also changed up the arm hole shaping to curve in more than the pattern called for. It is slightly narrower than the original, but not by much. This also lead to an interesting side affect: one of my sides is different from the other. I don't know what I did, but they aren't the same on the front at all. I figured it wasn't any big deal because you can hardly see it and I don't feel most people (non-knitters at least) would ever notice it, so I didn't bother to fix it. This was a cheap and quick summer top anyway, so I decided not to stress about the little issues.
This brings me to the other little issue. I had finished the front before leaving for vacation and knit the back on vacation, which can only mean one thing: the back is larger than the front! Because I knit the back in plain stockinette, I removed enough stitches to account for leaving out the cable. So, I figure my gauge issue must be a factor of being so relaxed that week!
It does fit nice and wears easy. It isn't constricting and can easily be worn over a t-shirt or tank top. However this knit does fall into the category of knitwear that can't be worn on their own because of all the holes down the front. So, this will always be a layering top for me, which is just fine since I'm usually cold anyway. All in all and fun and quick knit!