Friday, September 14, 2012

Holla Knits KAL - Week 4

I really didn't think I was going to complete this week's Holla Knits KAL assignment, which was to get through the waist decreases on the back of the tank. There's been a lot going on in my corner of the universe that left me without the deisre nor the time to actually pick up my knitting. On Wednesday, however, Jose encouraged me to go to one of my knitting groups, and I'm glad I did. It was a good mood lifter, and I got a lot done on the back of my tank. I finished the assignment last night at my other knitting group, and even had time to work on a different project for about an hour.

The front of this tank was just plain stockinette, but the back is what makes this pattern special. It has this zig-zagy lace pattern that is really basic and easy to memorize, but is also really interesting to watch develop. Thursday morning I was looking at the project thinking I wasn't going to finish the whole nine inches I was supposed to, and then I reread the pattern and was delighted to see that the nine inches was when it was stretched as if blocked. Stretching the lace out makes a big difference!

The pattern isn't stretched out here. The lace really pops once it's blocked.

Last week there was not a cat photobomb, as has become tradition in the KAL, so this week Othello makes an appearance, doing the stretch that I like to call the "Halloween cat".

Next week, I already have some things planned for the blog, so it's going to get active over here again. You can expect some color dilemmas for another KAL, a fall/winter collection review, and of course week 5 of the Holla Knits KAL!