When Kristin Ford asked me to test knit a sample for a design wrote by Lidia Tsymbal (aka MadamButterfly) for Shibui Geometry, I was thrilled. Seriously, I mean really. How could I say anything but yes? MadamButterfly+Silk Cloud+Staccato=Knitting nirvana.
The color Jumpsuit is so Tangerine Tango like, the official pantone color of 2012. Just mouth-watering delicious. Nearly four months, I had to keep this eye-catching Parabola under wrap…until now. The wait was painful.
Shibui Geometry—a modern collection of uniquely constructed fun knits–hit the stores last week. Here I am, excited about showing off Parabola–such a sexy, fitted design.
I love this little tank top and highly recommend it. I’ll probably knit myself a keeper before the summer is over, but, in two separate pieces (for the price of 3–two tanks and a cowl.).
The trickiest part for me was blocking the two tops in front where it’s noticeable. At the time of testing, there was no blocking diagram for the jointed upper bodies.
My teen model wears normally between adult extra-small to small. The sample was a medium. I did the best to block the sample appropriately, with the thought that it would smooth out on the right model (and it did.)
Parabola is miles and miles of stocking stitches, but, oh so worth it. It’s a super-wearable, everyday piece. And Silk Cloud and Staccato–in Jumpsuit–are exquisite, gorgeous stuff to work with! Silky yum.
I am glad the design team took my playful idea of wearing the sheer top layer alternately as a cowl. Here is one of a few Shibui’s gorgeous modeled shots.
You should knit one! Really.
The sample tank took 1.25 hanks of Silk Cloud and 3 in Staccato (with 14 grams left of the 3rd hank.) Both the booklet and yarn are available at Knit-Purl.
This 5-day project was a great cure for the summertime blues. So would my fashionable shoe-sense. I got out the car in a hurry, meeting up with my friend Barbara and her family for dinner last week in Eugene…and this is what I brought to liven up the evening.
Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!
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