Who am I to disappoint my blog readership?
There you have it. That's me modeling my tank. As you can see, it's a perfect garment for wearing under my one and only suit.
I noticed something rather strange this morning. The tank's front faded! It must have happened when I dried it outside. I didn't detect any dye bleeding when I blocked it, and it spent no more than six hours in the sun. There are no warnings on the label about poor colorfast-ness with the dye. Is it too much to expect dye to hold up better than that? The color difference is not very noticeable, but it makes me wonder about what to expect with future washings.
It's been one silly week on my blog. All of the nice weather must be affecting my brain. Okay, people, enough silly photos from those books! Let's get back to the knitting. We're talking about my knitting, to be more precise.
Here's my Spring Fling Tank in its unblocked glory. The shoulder straps went very quickly, and I was through with the back before I knew it. I originally planned to knit the back slightly lower than the front, and I did just that (as you can see). By eliminating about an inch of straight knitting, and binding off the neck opening immediately, I lowered the back just enough to suit me.
That is the way I feel with this tank top. "There" is finished, and I am almost done with this top.
I finished knitting the body, and I separated the front and back stitches to shape the armholes and the neckline. Here is where I depart from Alison's pattern. Her yarn was well suited for the cast-on straps that she instructs for her pattern. The texture of the Esprit would hide the change in stitch direction. With my Ibiza, the change in direction would be too distracting.
So, with that in mind, I adjusted the armhole and neckline section of the Shapely Tank Top pattern to suit my gauge. I know that the pattern has good BSC (bra-strap coverage) so I don't have to worry about any surprises when I slip the tank over my head for the first wearing. The front is nearly done, and then it's on to the back.
All the beautiful, sunny weather is extra motivation to knit!