So it looks like it’s officially spring in New Zealand. First the new lambs and calves were born, and, I must tell you, they have been a delight to see during last month’s bike rides. Then we daylight saving came, so now there is light until later in the evening. And, finally, on Wednesday I set out for a run leaving my long sleeve top at home for the first time in months, and actually felt hot. 

These signs all point into thr same direction: I’d better get started on a summer top soon if I don’t want to be left without it one more year. What shall it be though? Previously I’d gathered a list of short sleeves and tank tops, but of course there are always new favourites.

If you remember the photo of my yarn sale acquisitions, you’d have spotted a cone of violet yarn. My impression is that it is some sort of a merino-cotton blend with some possum in it, something (or exactly?) like Zealana Kiwi

In my mind this yarn wants to become a Waterlily top. Although it somehow got left out of my original list, I’d been eyeing this tee for quite a while. The only thing I’m not so convinced with is the neck shaping. I think I’d prefer the neck to be round instead of the slight V-shape and, perhaps, a bit wider. I’m also secretly hoping that once I’ve knitted this type of bottom up tee with some lace, I’ll be confortable to make up my own variations. See all this self confidence coming from my #fringeandfriendskal2016 experience?

Waterlily by Meghan Fernandes. Photo credit: Juju Vail

My other long time plan has been to conjure up a top with a drawstring at the neck. I once tried on one of these and it seemed quite flattering, never owned one though. So I was jumping up and down with excitement a few days ago when I discovered Purl Soho’s Drawstring Camisole pattern. I was delighted to see how they came up with the same solutions I was thinking for the neck, so now I’m confident I can make it work. Although, knowing myself, I just won’t go for plain old stockinette. Have to add some texture.

Drawstring Camisole by Purl Soho

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