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Monday, September 10, 2007

Not too late for tanks, apparently

I had feared that it would be too chilly to wear my Ribs and Lace tank after I finished. Au contraire. It's actually too muggy to wear it. I practically needed to hose down after our little photo shoot. Oh, the humidity!

I'm gonna be honest -- this isn't my favorite finished object ever. As you can see, if one wore this without a cami underneath, one might be arrested for indecent exposure. (And I re-did the straps twice. No luck.) I was actually stunned, though, that the chest shaping turned out OK. I was just really skeptical with all of the decreasing and increasing -- seemed like I was on a path to destruction.

I used four balls of Patons Grace, which I snagged during a Spiders yarn swap. (I believe it once belonged to blogless Nancy). So for a free knit, I'd say that I'm rather pleased! Now, I'm moving on to more lace and more Interweave, this time the Summer Lace Shawlette. This will be my overseas knitting.

Yes, overseas! We are heading out to Europe Thursday to spend a few days with my folks in the French Alps, then we'll head by ourselves to Florence and Rome. I. Cannot. Wait. We need a vacation in a way that I can't easily explain. And don't tell Jonathan, but there will be trips to Italian yarn shops. Oh yes, there will be!

I'll also share with you pictures from the "bridal brunch" that my dear co-workers threw for me. I felt so fancy! Like, who am I that people would actually throw me a brunch? As one reporter said, it was fun to pretend for a few hours that we were the type of people who might be invited to a "bridal brunch." For you foodies, here were my delicious desserts:

And because I love photographing flowers, here were some from the "bridal brunch." I'm a lucky gal.


Blogger yaiAnn said...

But you look so happy wearing that tank you so don't like! =) Have a great trip out to Italy! And those dalias, love them!

2:55 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

The tank looks great on you, and maybe the weather will be perfect for it in Italy! Have a great vacation!

6:32 AM  
Blogger Sandra knits ranch houses sometimes said...

i think you look good in the tank, personally. :)

have a FABULOUS time in italy!!

7:10 AM  
Blogger SJ said...

Have a great time on your trip! We're headed to Europe in a few weeks, but I don't think I'll be able to make it to any yarn shops. :-(

7:56 AM  
Anonymous An Abundance of Lisa said...

I think the tank looks adorable on you! You are wearing it well - I like it with the cami underneath. Have a wonderful trip to Europe! Can't wait to see the pictures when you get back!

8:03 AM  
Blogger Liz K. said...

You know, nothing says "Bridal Luncheon" more than a Shawlette. You'll have many occasions to wear this one, I'm sure!

Bon voyage!

8:16 AM  
Blogger  said...

I think the Rib&Lace Tank looks lovely. :) What size did you knit? It does look a slight bit too big for you.

Bridal Brunch sounds like fun! How exciting!

P.S. Your hair looks fabulous. :)

8:55 AM  
Blogger gleek said...

it does look a little more like a tunic than a tank.. but it still fits and flatters you too. i'd keep it! :) bring it with you to fabulous italy. oh, you'll have such a great time. i LOVED florence. it's such a great town. i would totally live there if i could.

9:04 AM  
Blogger Deneen said...

The tank looks good on-I do think almost all of them are made for wearing a cami underneath anyway.

Have a wonderful vacation!

9:18 AM  
Blogger pamela wynne said...

You know, the humidity probably doesn't help any sagging problems the tank has, though I do like how the chest shaping fits. Have a great trip! The summer shawlette is perfect vacation lace. :)

10:48 AM  
Blogger a friend to knit with said...

I think it looks great! I also think it would look cute with a short sleeve under it....have you tried that?

Have a wonderful trip!

12:10 PM  
Blogger KGLO said...

It's such a pretty tank though...I wonder if it would do better in something like linen or hemp?

Good luck with wedding planning. I got married a couple months ago, and it feels a little silly sometimes to do so much fancy stuff (never mind all the planning), but the event itself is ridiculously happy :)


12:43 PM  
Anonymous craptina said...

have a great time in Europe!! Tank looks great on you. I was scared to try it becausee that check shaping looked scary. You are rocking it, girl!

1:36 PM  
Blogger The_Add_Knitter said...

Have a great vacation, Carrie!!

1:52 PM  
Blogger Christie said...

The tank may be a little less than what you expected, but I'm sure you'll find a use for it!

And how sweet, they threw a brunch for you! Yummy sweets and pretty flowers!

3:29 PM  
Anonymous Katie said...

It's so disappointing to finish a garment that you don't love. Happens to me all of the time.

Have fun on vacation!

3:30 PM  
Blogger schrodinger said...

I'm sorry you don't like the tank, that's a disappointment I'm sure.

Have a wonderful time abroad.

11:56 PM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

Oh, I'm so jealous of your trip! Have a wonderful time and be sure to take lots of pictures for those of us with cabin fever.

The tank looks like it's just draping too much, doesn't it? Or maybe it just wants you to wear it over a blouse with big poofy pirate sleeves...arrrr!

12:08 PM  
Blogger Angela said...

Have a great time! (Hope those Italian shops exceed your expectations!)

8:02 PM  
Blogger KnitPastis said...

This is absolutely by far my favorite knit on you! The color looks great on you.

Have a fantastic trip abroad!

8:20 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

I don't know how you get so much knitting done. Impressive!

Have a wonderful time in France and Italy. I'm looking forward to seeing photos when you return!

10:51 PM  
Blogger Kessa said...

I think the tank looks great! Vacationing in the French Alps sounds amazing! Have a good trip!

9:25 AM  
Blogger CAT said...

I love the lace design on the tank! It's just beautiful...

3:23 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I love the tank!

Have a wonderful trip. Let us know all about the Italian yarn shops!

10:53 AM  
Blogger Leah said...

I think the tank looks fab on you! I like the look of it with the cami.

Congrats on your bridal brunch. I never felt so proper or fancy as I did when I did all the wedding & pre-wedding stuff!

Have a great time on vacation!!!! :)

12:04 PM  
Blogger Kaet said...

well, i have no room to be jealous of your trip, since i just got back from my own adventure...but i am! the french alps!!! how lovely! and florence, please do not even get me started!!! lovely tuscan wine, amazing, art, vistas of tuscany, italian yarn! what more could a girl ask for? we expect tons of photos when you get back home safe and sound!

6:34 AM  
Blogger Angela said...

Just wanted to let you know that I caught your appearance on Letsknit2gether at the Stitch n Pitch. It looked like tons of fun!

8:37 AM  
Blogger Sam said...

That's really cute!

9:05 PM  
Blogger lomester said...

You do look very happy. Even if it is not your fave.

Have a great trip, cannot wait to hear more about it.

2:23 PM  
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Anonymous Hilari said...

Your tank looks cute! Have fun on your vacation!!!

5:10 PM  
Blogger Brooklyn Handspun said...

I hope you had a fabulous trip - Italy is really my fav. place. I think the tank is cute but certainy a cami is needed.

11:01 AM  
Blogger mrspilkington said...

I hope you're having a wonderful time!

1:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your tank looks really good. I look huge in mine. Probably not a good choice on my part. I do agree with you, the chest increase/decrease situation was a bit sketchy.

10:15 AM  

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