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Monday, May 21, 2007

Split neck tee, why so baggy?

Probably because I rather capriciously substituted yarns.

(I was having what I like to call a "bad face day." I looked positively drawn and morose in every shot.)

This knit, from Stefanie Japel's awesome Fitted Knits, was a departure for me. I rarely knit anything in precisely the color used by the designer. (See Ms. Petunia and Verdant Root for further evidence.) But I found this color combo really fetching. It made all of the stockinette stitch seem worthwhile.

Of course, I couldn't make things simple and get the recommended yarn -- mainly because I couldn't find it. I did see some Cascade Invito only at one store, but they didn't carry the right colorway. Some of the others seemed either too boring or too garish.

Enter Brooklyn General. (Which now has a blog!) I think the Rowan Cotton Jeans looks remarkably like the recommended yarn. And while I swear I checked my gauge, this baby just turned out way too big. I ripped back to the underarms and reknit after realizing this, but it was still too baggy. And I was too stubborn to rip back again.

I did add some waist shaping, but it didn't make much of a difference. Oh, I also made the border, done in Knit Picks wool, slimmer than in the original because, well, I was running out of yarn. (It's becoming clear to me that I did a rather half-assed job on this one.)

Still, I think it's pretty cute. Check out the little clasp that I picked up from -- take a guess! -- Brooklyn General.

Now, all of you please wish me luck as I cut back on my COFFEE intake. I just worry that it's making me too jittery and anxious, so I'm switching to green tea. This will come as a shock to anyone who knows me in real life since both my family and I are completely addicted to coffee. I apologize if I've shared this story before, but when my father went on an interview for life insurance, they asked him his hobby. He replied, "Drinking coffee."

We'll see how this goes.

On another note, thanks for all of your concern about the nasty security guard. But, to be honest, I gotta agree with him. I took Self's advice and only used the recommended three pound weights, and they're not heavy enough! I fear even Olive Oyl would have an easy time with them.


Blogger keohinani said...

awww, sorry about your split neck tee, but the colors and the clasp really are nice!

so are you going to try to salvage it? maybe you could make darts in the back...machine sew them in or something?

green tea is a good switch. here, there's a company called itoen (which actually distributes out of brooklyn, NY) that makes green tea. in particular, they make flavored teas and my favorite is apple tea. they use black tea or green tea and flavor it with apple juice. they have other flavors, like lemon, grape, cranberry, mango, and peach flavored teas. another one to try is milk tea.

the weights may not be heavy enough, but maybe you can still use them? you could do the exercises really slowly and hold them for isometric benefits, maybe? or i'm sure you could just return them...

good luck with all that!

9:24 PM  
Blogger WandaWoman said...

too bad about the tee, it's a bit baggy, but it is cute. the colors look nice.

10:11 PM  
Blogger Angela said...

I sympathize. I am working on a sweater that I just KNOW is going to be too big (despite getting gauge), yet I persist.

I also sympathize on the coffee. I LOVE coffee--been drinking it since I was two. (More milk than coffee then, but still.) This year I started linking coffee to some not-so-good health issues, so I switched to decaf. Blech. Now I rarely have that. Mostly tea. Keep us updated on any good ones you find.

10:14 PM  
Blogger Liz K. said...

I guess they can't all be winners. I like it, though. the split neck is real cute, esp. with the clasp.

I began drinking Half-Caf a couple of years ago, after quitting coffee altogether for a few years due to tummy issues. Trader Joe's version is good -- the rest of it out there is swill. Good luck giving it up - green tea is a great alternative.

10:21 PM  
Blogger Dana KBS said...

I think the tee is very cute...and I agree, the book is wonderful. I would knit or wear almost everything in it, and I just ordered the Cascade Pastaza for the ribbed v-neck (the brown one in the book, though I ordered aqua).

10:56 PM  
Blogger The_Add_Knitter said...

Love the color of the tee and frankly it doesn't look overly baggy at all.

I love green tea (and am also a coffee fiend, but I'm limiting myself to 3 cups a day) and think that, as my California dude brother says, "it's a cleaner buzz"!

11:13 PM  
Blogger Christy said...

Sorry about the fit, but I do agree that the colors are quite fetching together. I'm looking to knit this this summer, but I will also need to find some yarn subs.

11:37 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

It is a bit baggy, but otherwise quite pretty. I love the clasp. I visited Brooklyn General last Christmas while visiting my brother and loved it. Thanks for the link to their blog.

12:36 AM  
Blogger Lotusknits said...

I have also had problems with idems fitting properly form these patterns. But I still love them and will continue to try. I have tagged you for 7 random facts meme.
Hope you have fun with this, I did.

12:50 AM  
Blogger gleek said...

god, do i miss coffee!! the peanut is still not good with dairy so i've had to cut out my coffee intake.

i like the sweater despite the bagginess. maybe you can give it to someone you know it'll fit.

7:46 AM  
Blogger SJ said...

It doesn't look baggy from here ... Love the clasp!

7:55 AM  
Blogger tentenknits said...

I like the sweater, too! I don't think it's too baggy... also, I'm so trying to kick the caffene habit and green tea has been a great help! i'm also jealous of all the cool shops you got over there in B'klyn!

7:56 AM  
Anonymous mayarn said...

that's a bummer! I know I would feel the same way you do about the baggy-ness. But the clasp is great and it really looks good in the "recommended" colors!

9:02 AM  
Blogger Meredith said...

Very cute, even if a bit baggy. I do love the colors too!

9:10 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Yes, the T is a bit loose, but I still think it looks nice. I love the colors and the fastener is super cute.

Good luck with converting to tea. I love tea and drink it every day, but change can be tough.

9:20 AM  
Blogger jenna said...

Are you covering the baggy part with your arm in that photo? Because it looks really cute from here! Love the toggle closure thingy you chose. Any chance you can matress stitch the sides a bit without adding too much bulk on the inside? It's such a bummer when knits don't end up fitting like you want them to! You deserve a nice cup of coffee. :)

9:32 AM  
Anonymous kaitlyn said...

haha, that's my dad's hobby too! I am quickly following in his footsteps. My pre-kid "one cup a day" has gone out the window. Oh well. Weird about the cotton jean stuff... I'm going to link your post to our blog :)

10:36 AM  
Anonymous Katie said...

Too bad about the bag ~ I'm the same way about that, but the colors are wonderful. You did a great job on it anyway.

10:39 AM  
Blogger Veronique said...

It's funny how the comments are split down the middle between those who think your tee is not baggy at all and those who do... I guess it depends how you personally like things to fit!
I don't know of any trick to make it narrower :( Gleek is right: maybe you can gift it to someone?

12:48 PM  
Blogger Brooklyn Handspun said...

I don't think the tee is too baggy - I think it's still totally wearable. It isn't form fitting but it looks oh so comfortable and the colors are just so cute.

3:53 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

I think it's wearable too!!! I love the colors & the tiny border & the clasp!!

I'm sorry it's not exactly as you had hoped though.

8:22 PM  
Blogger Kym said...

I love that your dad said his hobby was drinking coffee- that's hilarious! I feel the same way about coffee, but was never able to properly categorize it. Hobby seems about right.

I like the tee- it's not quite as fitted as in the book, but it's still super cute!

10:53 PM  
Blogger femiknitter said...

I think it looks baggy, but not TOO baggy, ya know? More like a causal, relaxed sweater--I like it! That clasp is really cute, too!

2:03 AM  
Blogger a friend to knit with said...

I too think it looks great....some days we NEED a baggy sweater, and some days we can wear a tight know what I mean?
The clasp is perfect.....
Good luck on the coffee thing...I don't know what I would do with out mine! :)

9:49 AM  
Blogger beginnerknitter said...

I can sympathize also- my somewhat cowl is turning out to be the somewhat moo moo or however you spell that. I just keep going though- maybe i'll be able to fix it - or maybe i'll put a belt around it and wear it as a dress LOL

2:08 PM  
Anonymous Katy said...

I just cut my caffeine intake too--my advice is DO IT GRADUALLY. The headaches, they are not fun. Not at all. Do not worry about sounding all Sally-ish when you ask the coffee guy for decaf-with-about-two-inches-of-full-test. This is about survival, I tell you.

And I still love this sweater! Such good colors on you, you must re-shoot when you're having a better face day.

7:28 PM  
Blogger schrodinger said...

Awww, I'm so sorry you're not happy with the sweater. I have to say that a love the detail of that clasp. better gauge next time eh?

8:52 PM  
Blogger Dorothy said...

It is a cute tee even if it is a little roomy.

I hope the whole coffee thing goes well. I have more energy now that I cut back from a couple of pots a day to a cup or two a day. I love it too much to cut it out altogether.

12:07 PM  
Blogger Yarn Thing said...

Lovin' the clasp! I like the tee. Here is an idea...Just stuff your bra and maybe it will fill out the baggy-ness :-) Thought that was funny...I hope you know I am joking!

Have a great Weekend.


4:42 PM  
Blogger Miss Scarlett said...

The clasp is wonderful! I adore it.
Too bad the fit is not what you wanted - I know how you feel about not bothering to rip back though.
The colours are great.

9:24 PM  
Blogger Kaet said...

well, even though it is a tad big it still looks great. maybe it can be a breezy casual springy-summery top.
good luck with the coffee abstinence. i am thoroughly addicted (working 12 hour night shifts will do that to a girl) and know the headaches can be rough when you quit, so maybe try excedrine with caffeine to get you over the hump.
good luck! keep us posted!

6:34 PM  

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