The moment I read Julia's post introducing the Create-a-Long, I was instantly intrigued. What a brilliant idea! Rather than hosting a typical KAL, Julia and Marnie selected some yarns in their stash and invited other knitbloggers to design something, and blog about the process.
Luckily, I had almost all the yarns they selected in my stash: a couple of balls of Kidsilk Haze, one lone ball of Calmer, a truckload of Tahki Cotton Classic, (earmarked for a blanket) and two balls of Denim (in the interest of full disclosure, they might be Elann's Denim, but they are totally equivalent yarns), leftover from my MIL's sweater from last winter. I recently made a semi-pledge to myself to hold off on any significant stash enhancement until MDSW (no caveats there!), so I really wanted to design using stash.
It took a week or two of thinking before I decided on my design idea: a lace camisole/tank for Rosebud, to wear as a layering piece over regular cotton tanks, knit with Denim. I have lots of smallish quantities of leftover cottons in my stash, and love the idea of coming up with a sort of tank-template for her, with the idea of switching out lace patterns, bodice shapes or strap treatments as the inspiration hits.
I began with my Stitch Pattern-A-Day Calendar, and quickly settled on using Fishtail Lace as the main design element. The big question was choosing a needle size, since I wanted the tank to be lacy enough for her under-tank to peek out of the holes without having that macrame plant holder look. After purchasing an extra ball of Rowan Denim to ensure I had enough for copious swatching, I started with a US8 needle, knitted a swatch, then washed and dried it.
The idea is to begin with the lace all over, creating a nice scalloped bottom edge, and then transition to a mostly stockinette bodice, but continuing two lace panels that will then transition into i-cord straps.
Miraculously, I was pleased with the fabric it created, and am ready to begin knitting on the actual piece. I am, however, really trying to finish my CPH before my big trip to Chicago next weekend, so summer clothes for Rosebud might just have to take the backseat for a week or two!