The Year of Completion
Without really intending to, I seem to have made it a point to finish a lot of works in progress so far this year. When the year started, I had about 15 (maybe more!) unfinished knitting projects. Somehow, I have not been super inspired to start a lot of new projects (just a few), so I have been working quite a bit on ones that have been lurking around. As a result, my works in progress knitting list has been whittled down to 7 or 8 or 10 (depending on how you count, of course). This is a very low number of works in progress for me and it feels a little strange.
My latest finished project is one I started way back in April of last year. Here it is unblocked.
This is the Wakame Tunic. I used a pure silk yarn that I found when the husband and I went to New York City a couple of years ago. The yarn itself was a little funny to work with. It came on a cone and I’m not even really sure if it has a name. It might have been something leftover from a manufacturing place…I don’t know.
In any case, this was an interesting garment to knit. First, you knit a long rectangle for the bottom and graft the ends to make a tube. Then, you pick up stitches from the sides of the tube and knit the body in the round up to armholes. Once you divide the front from the back, you cast on stitches on both sides for the sleeves so that you are basically knitting the top of the tunic from cuff to cuff. This resulted in a crazy large number of stitches. One row took me over 15 minutes to do, but at least when I was done, I didn’t have any more pieces to knit.
Honestly, I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this thing when I was done. I don’t think I have ever worn a tunic or even tried one on in my whole life. I wondered while I was knitting it, what possessed me to Knit a tunic? Well, I did think it was pretty in the picture and I guess I hoped that I would look ok in a tunic. What do you think?
I like it. I’m not sure where I’ll wear it and with what, but I am pretty sure yoga pants would not be complimentary. What ideas do you have?