Tivoli is finished! Yippeee...but wait a minute...who is that strange lady wearing it..that's not me! Oh, it's my mother. Hmmmm....how did that happen???? Well let me tell you.
I knitted diligently for days, hours, weeks! Ok..not quite that long but it did seem to take forever. I carefully altered the pattern to fit my bust, I added a of couple rows to make it long enough and hide the belly pouch! I tried it on, I handled it with care, I finally finished it, it looked good, I went to block it and then all hell broke loose. I'm not sure if it was user error or the yarn but the Shine is a bitch to block. I'm not brave enough to do the whole "heat thing" and I wasn't sure how the modal would react with heat anyway so I decided to wet block it. It really stretched out horizonatlly and shrunk up vertically. I mean seriously, it looked like it was knit for a butterball turkey. I poked, prodded, stretches, pushed, pulled and I still couldn't get it into shape, it was still like 9 inches too wide(sounds like I'm talking about my ass.) So I did what any self respecting knitter would do with cotton machine washable yarn, I threw it in the dryer. It washed and dried beatifully but the damn thing was not the shape it needed to before figure. I wore it for a couple hours, kept tugging here and there and couldn't take it anymore. On a whim, I told my mother to try in on (she's visiting for a few weeks) she scoffed and said no way but I was persistent, she finally gave in and it was a match made in heaven. It couldn't have fit her better and the color looks dynamite on her. I'm disappointed that Tivoli was not for me but I'm happy that I found a good home for her and my mother finally has a handknit sweater!
Tivoli T-Shirt - modeled by my Mama
Yarn - 6 skeins of Knitpicks Shine in Sand.
Needle - Size 6 circular
Modifications - I increased the bust by 10 stitches to accomodate my larger chest size, in hind sight, I didn't need to do that with this particular yarn, it has quite a bit of horizontal stretch when it's knitted up. It was a beatiful yarn to work with but it's kind of a pain to block, I don't think I'll use it again but who knows.