Tops Tanks and Tee KAL

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So as much as I wanted to get that lacy project off the needles, my plan for joining in for the last week of the Tops Tanks and Tee KAL over at Shannon’s place won me over and I’ve been working on a little something for Louella.
I want something for the summer that I can easily put on her in the evenings, or when a chill gets up, nothing to heavy or cumbersome, and something that is easy to get on her wriggly body. I’m also trying to pair it with some fabric I want to make her a birthday dress from, so I’m thinking something a little more special. I’m working with Swans Island Natural Colours Merino Silk Sport weight, and it is so nice to work with I might have to get some more for me! Although, there isn’t much of it used up on ravelry, and I can’t find it on their site – I have no idea if they’re still dying it?
I had a good idea how I wanted the body to look – cap sleeves with a roll hem, simple gathering at the shoulders and center front, opening at the back. It came out pretty much how I envisioned. I’ve given it a quick blocking before I head on to the skirt part (apparently an old yoga mat works well when your blocking mats are in the attic –  the attic which is only accessibly through a sleeping baby’s room). I’m still undecided how I want to work the skirt… half of me wants a fully laced skirt, half of me wants something a little less flouncy. I’m unsure. I have a lot more yarn left than I thought I would so I feel like anything is possible. Whilst it’s drying I’ll dive into my random assortment of stitch dictionary (got to love thrift stores) and no doubt they will help me out – its definitely my favourite part of designing, trawling thorough stitch patterns. I’ve been taking notes for other sizes too, so hopefully we will have a pattern at the end of all this.
Only a few more days left of the KAL, and a weekend away camping – hopefully I’ll make it in time! Are you joining in?

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