Even with my new self-imposed bedtime, I still managed to finish one thing for both the Selfish Sweater KAL and the Tops, Tanks, and Tees KAL. It's the Fire Opal Tee by Allyson Dykhuizen.
I chose Comfy Fingering accidentally because I thought that was the appropriate weight for this pattern. But I don't mind as even knitting the smallest size, I ended up with plenty of positive ease. If I knit another I will probably try Comfy Sport or Shine Sport and even smaller needles. But still, can you imagine buying this for only $9? That's what it would have cost had I not added a few inches and needed a bit of one extra skein. On my next one, I'm not adding length. I'll go for cropped.
I've enjoyed seeing everyone else's versions of this top in the Selfish Sweater KAL. They range from bright summery colors, like mine, to dark jewel tones and smoky grey. The mood of the design completely changes with each one. I decided to let this top be my submission for the TTTKAL too because my Hawt Sands is in tiny little dk stitches that are taking forever to knit up. I do have some major progress on it to show later, though. I've spotted another Fire Opal in that KAL as well. You don't even want to see all of the project ideas going up on that thread. Seriously, you do want to see them. Just scanning through them wastes half of my knitting time.
The things I liked best about this design were the dropped stitches flanking the cables (duh) and the fact that you can play with the yarn weight or needle size and not need to do a lot of math to get it right. It's a cropped, boxy shape that can work if you knit it a bit larger or smaller than you intended. I have to love things that allow for my sizing errors.
Details: I used size 1s for the ribbing and 2.5s for the body and 4 skeins of Comfy Fingering in the marlin color. After swatching and getting exact gauge, I decided to knit the smallest size, in case. I;m glad I did because a size larger would've been too large for me. Since I have plenty of ease and length, I'll probably throw this in the dryer to get it back into shape after washings.
Oooh yeah, that's Nathan Fillion, isn't it? I'm his biggest fan (Imagine my crossed eyes and lisp here.) More on Dallas Comic Con later, I promise. I may find a way to work this photo into every post I do from now on. But then it would have to reside next to photos like this:
I have another post drafted about eating liver. Liver and Nathan Fillion... I can make that work.
My knitting has slowed down but I can honestly say I'm feeling much better and making new friends on the two knitalong threads has compensated for my slowed speed. I also have a really great summer top for 9 bucks. Thank you Allyson and Shannon for hosting really great group knitting!
Other posts on this knit: swatching, progress, and dropping stitches