Monday, July 02, 2007

Damn, Coachella is hot!

I've been one blog-happy woman this past week, and this post brings you another FO! It's Coachella, and since I already described it over on the Coachella KAL page, I'm just going to (mostly) copy and paste the description like a punk. But let me just say first that Coachella is soo sexy, so hot. Damn, for real hot. Like, you know, where you say "damn!, that's hot" and you sing the "hot" in a long note falsetto? It's that kind of hot. Okay, here we go:

So I decided to make a night-time going out type of Coachella. It's always a little risky to go for the hand knits on an evening out, but I was willing to try it.

Turned out to be the fastest knit ever. The only wearable I knit faster was the thong, and I didn' hurt my hands at all, taking breaks and stretching every 15 minutes or so. CO Thursday night, finished Saturday morning, wore it out Saturday night. I estimate total knitting time was less than 10 hours.

I swatched 3 yarns for this. The first was Louisa Harding Glisten in black. It, like the called-for yarn, is a 100% nylon tape/ribbon type yarn, and it has shiny bits. I really wanted to use this yarn for this top, I had just the right amount in my stash. But after swatching, I saw that it is rather stiff and would not have good drape, and to get gauge (or anything above the ball recommended gauge) gives me open mesh that is see-through and looks like a fish net.

Then I tried Berroco Bonsai, which is a 97% bamboo 3% nylon yarn. The nylon is shiny and adds sparkle. If I had had this yarn in black or white or gold, I would have chosen it, but I had it in a sage type color and it's not really what I want for going out at night. I think I will make it again in this color and yarn for a day look. This yarn is very drapey and very suited to this pattern, I think.

I finally decided on using some Alchemy Synchronicity that I had in my stash, which is a single ply 50% silk 50% merino yarn. It will be warmer than the others, but that's not too much of a problem since it's for going out at night. It has a nice drape. The color is Pewter. I got this yarn at 66% off (otherwise, who can afford it?) and was sawing it for something else, but I guess I can manage to do the other thing with another stash yarn.

Also, for the neck roll part I held together a strand of Drops Glitter yarn, which is very fine at 10 grams giving over 700 yards. It is a metallic yarn that adds a little sparkle. I'm going to copy the modifications I saw in someone else's Coachella and do arm edging as well, and I will hold the sparkly yarn for that edging, too.

I knit the smallest size even though I am the 2nd smallest size because from washing my gauge swatch (really, swatching and washing your swatch is worth the knowledge, people) I knew this yarn loosened up a bit after washing. I'm glad I did this, otherwise the drape would have been too much for me. As it was my bra sometimes showed. I wore it with a strapless bra, and in fact sometimes you could see the top of the band in the back armholes area. I saw it in some of the pictures I took, and had to readjust things so it wouldn't show. I don't know what to do about this, as the armholes were already as tight as could comfortably be. I have to say that I don't really think this top works super well with a bra, only if the top sits just right and doesn't move around too much. Oh, I'd also do fewer increases towards the bottom, as it puckers there as it is now. Anyway, here it is:





That's the thing about summer knits. Some people don't like summer knits, but I love them. No sleeves! You get done so fast.

26 comments:

Adrienne said...

VERY cute!!!!!!!

Toya said...

very hot, I love it

MelissaKnits said...

damn cute.

Virtuous said...

Looks wonderful on you!!!!
It is Hooooooooot! :oD

ironscrapper said...

You're right, that's HOT. I might need one :D.

Kris said...

Smokin' Baby!

Harlem Purl said...

you look fab in that top. If I didn't have all these rolls & back fat that would def be on my to knit list.

And stop cutting off your head in pictures, aint nuthin wrong with rockin a 'fro!

Angie said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Perfect for you and your sassy self. :)

somebunnysloveDOTcom said...

Coachella looks awesome on you!!
Now I need to get in shape. (pout)

WandaWoman said...

Coachella is hot! I don't think I would go through it all to make it, not the right thing for me, but very cute on you.

Octopus Knits said...

Lovely!

Connie said...

This is cute, and so is your shrug! Please continue to use your knitting powers for good.

Jersey said...

Coachella is super hot! I love it, great job!

NikkiJ said...

Your boobs look good, girl! I bet you have no complaints this time.

Jen said...

That's so HOT.

And you're right, it totally looks like a going out kind of top.

Larjmarj said...

Super super cute!
and HOT!
Looks great on you! I'm too F-A-T.

Cyn said...

Gah! I clicked over to your blog from your comments on mine and THERE IS THAT COACHELLA AGAIN. That thing is haunting me, I keep seeing it everywhere (okay, here, and Craftster, and somewhere else... Ravelry maybe?). Not the pattern, I mean YOUR Coachella. Because it is gorgeous, and now I want to make one, and I know it won't suit me at all, but my brain keeps going "look how nice it looks on her, just make it, makeitmakeitmakeit". Damn you. Damn you and your ridiculously hot Coachella.

I thought it was funny too that Sue asked me about the Country Mohair. I can only assume that she posted before actually reading the entry. I sent her a review and tried to highlight the positives but there also may have been ranting and caps lock abuse, because, evil yarn of evil. Yeah, don't buy it. It's gorgeous, but it's so, so impractical.

The Soapy Knitter said...

dude that's so fly!!! looks fantastic!! you're pushing it up on my queue with your wonderful post. thanks for sharing!

Jeanine said...

You worked it!!!! Fabulous!

dickie said...

wow! i love fast knits. i'll have to try this and find someone to wear it. ^_^
i really love the front. great color choice too.

Megynn said...

I was thinking about knitting this for my 18-year-old and way-too-cute-for-her-own-good sister. Seeing yours makes me think it may be TOO hot for her! Wouldn't want to get her into any trouble.

I really like the color choice. Very pretty.

Team Knit ! said...

Your Coachella is fantastic! And I love the colour you chose.

Fleurs said...

looks sexy on you, i really love it !!!

M said...

So sexy. I love the back it's a little surprise.

Joanne said...

I like how the simple cut of the sleeveless can be sporty (the racerback) and dressy (the front) at the same time! Great design =)

Monique said...

I love this razor back. I intend to make one of these. Great job on yours!