May 05 2011 – thisisknit
We've all got them, those projects that lurk at the bottom of the WIP pile, muttering. Some of them are large, some small; some our own idea, some from a famous designer's pattern; some are for babies who have done very nicely in the Junior Cert. It's easy to think that they're doomed never to be finished, but that's just not true. Some projects have a longer gestation than others, and here's two of them. First, this is the Tuesday Dress, from Blue Monday by Louisa Harding. It's made in Willow Tweed, a delicious blend of alpaca, merino and silk, and it's a terribly versatile piece. You could wear it over jeans or leggings, or by itself as a mini-dress. The booklet also includes instructions for knitting a shorter, hip-length version. Lisa started knitting this just after Louisa Harding's visit to This Is Knit last July...and now it's all finished and lovely and on display in the shop. Tenacity rewarded! A garment which has taken even longer to come to fruition is Lisa's latest design, the Winterberry Shrug. The earliest version of this dates from the summer of 2009, and it's been getting prettier and more cleverly designed ever since. It's an ideal cover-up for summer frocks and party dresses. It's knitted in DK weight yarn, so it's a fast knit - the suggested yarn is Louisa Harding's Merletto which has a lovely subtle sheen to it. This shrug is the ideal introduction to top-down garment knitting (in fact, it's going to be one of the teaching projects for our top-down classes). It's got short rows for clever shaping too, so our Short and Sweet blog post might be useful. So what's waiting its turn in your WIP basket? Why not tell us in the comment section, and then see if you can't triumph over it!