In the late summer of 2012, my friend Katherine and I decided we needed a Crafty Retreat. Our youngest kids were finally old enough to leave with dad for a few days, and she was expecting baby #3 just the next month. We looked around at options along the coast or perhaps an isolated cabin in the woods, both being rather convenient options living where we do. But she was going to be on-call for her midwifery business, so we could not go too far out of town.
We spent one afternoon at nearby Twisted, where I have taught a few crochet classes. I allowed myself to wander the store with the express purpose of finding a ball of yarn that inspired me to create something new. I was immediately drawn to this Lang Yarns Sol Degrade, cotton tape yarn, in my favorite shades of blues and greens.
I had recently finished my first articles and designs to be published in magazines, and was eager to design something new. I bought the first ball of yarn and sat down in the shop to play with it. I had been exploring the options of 'edgeless cables', and thought they would make a perfect neckline. The edgeless cables lend themselves perfectly to the curve of a neckline. I wanted to come up with something that would show off the long color changes of the yarn.
A little girl's sheath dress was perfect! And I had the perfect model (though you can see my daughter was grumpy on the day we got to take pics at the beach). I found that the thickness of the cotton tape made stitch increases more noticeable, and did not like the look for the body of the dress. Instead, I used gradually increasing hook size to create a gentle bell-shape, with occasional increases in the bottom section for added flare.
Now I have the magazine sample back, in a larger size that will be perfect for the beach this summer!