In all the 20 years that I have been crocheting I've never made a proper crochet garment for myself. I've always been too scared that after I've put in so much effort the garment will not fit me. Although I have a healthy body image I know that I am on the - let's call it - voluptuous side. Thank goodness that I have large bust otherwise my large tummy would have been the focal point. Now it's the large bust that are the focal point! Then, I have a high waist. So, in essence, I'm a typical apple shape and the apple gets juicier and juicier over time.
Clothes shopping is such a headache for me. I never feel comfortable in form fitting clothes. I want something that's loose over my muffin top but it mustn't make me look pregnant. I want a blouse that can button over my bust but the shoulders should still fit like they're supposed to. Aaaah, the joys.
What drew my attention to the top design on the cover of the Your Family mag of February 2018 was the symmetry and simplicity of the design. It's loose fitting in all the right places without looking like a flour bag. And surely when I wear it I will look exactly like Reinette Potgieter who is the beautiful (and skinny) model wearing it. Right?! Right.
Off I went to Surene at Yarn at ZelLé in Centurion to pick up my 6 balls of Nurturing Fibres Eco-Fusion in Seashell (like the pattern suggests). The yarn looks absolutely magnificent. The 50% Bamboo Viscose and 50% Cotton blend is silky soft. The bamboo strand weaved with the cotton strand gives it such a luscious shine.
At home I, of course, had to find a craft bag for my latest project! The Dark Chocolate colourway of the Brilliantmommy Valentine's Collection matches perfectly with the soft pink yarn. Ready, steady, gauge swatch!
Because I'm so hesitant to crochet a garment I thought I'd be a good hooker and really, like in really, do a gauge swatch. I was very relieved to have figured out in the end that I can continue my project with my brand new 4mm Clover Amour hook that I bought from Be Inspired. It would have been a travesty if I had to use my aluminium hook which - to me - is so last year...
When you hear from me again I would hopefully have started on my front panel!