A few weeks ago, I mentioned that I purchased some yarn that had me dreaming of a gauzy kimono style tunic for summer. The cotton/linen blend is lightweight and cool in a neutral off-white that I found as a mill ends remnant at the yarn shop. Despite the awesomeness of this yarn, or maybe because of it, I could not commit to anything to get started.
Unfortunately, I discovered that the nature of the yarn doesn’t do well with seams of any sort unless you use a very small hook. I knew that I would have to use a larger hook to get the drape I wanted, so creating a piece with seams was out and I decided a wrap would be best.
I tried out about five different lace stitch motifs and even got halfway through using two of them. They were beautiful, but they just weren’t right for me. I even tried a straight half double using a larger hook, and the drape was perfect, but it was so boring and the yarn is a bit unforgiving, so I scrapped that too.
In the end, I went with a stitch I have used many times, the shell, but with a much larger hook for the yarn weight so it creates the gauzy feel I wanted. Without blocking, it looks like a typical shell, but after blocking, it looks like a lotus to me. I think I am going to stick with this one…but you never know.
The shell stitch is one of those meditative stitches for me because you do have to count, but in short batches, so you don’t have to really think about it. The shells are like prayer beads.
Our kitchen is still a work in progress too. We have been waiting this whole time for a piece that was originally ordered in January with the countertops. They forgot it on delivery, sent the wrong size the second and finally got it right two months later. So yesterday the contractor came to do the beadboard backsplash.
Our kitchen is small and has a cottage feel to it. After the new countertops were installed, I thought the subway tile backsplash was going to be to harsh for the space. I am in love with the look of the beadboard! As soon as the caulk is dry, I can paint it and we will be one step closer to finishing. Next up is the floors, but I think I am going to hold off until school is done for the year. Between the kitchen and the basement drama, I am really over dealing with contractors and having strangers in my house.
What are you working on?