Oooops – I’ve Finished Another One!

Would you believe I have finished another garment??!!

I kinda twiddled with this one while I was working on Frappe and, all of a sudden, it was done! This hasn’t happened to me before . Finishing almost without noticing, I mean – I’ve finished the odd garment in my time!

It’s Glace of course….

…Started on the beach in Israel….

……worked on further while pondering Frappe’s collar

………..barely touched while enslaved in Cardiff

…………and suddenly finished while watching Die hard 4! OK. OK.That film is not high culture but it got my needles clicking!!

Ta daaaaah!!!

I love the construction of this top – all one piece, just worked up the front and down the back.

I do wish Martin Storey would sort out his sizing though. I made the smallest, 32″ size. My tension is about half a stitch too tight so It should be too small! It is ever so slightly smaller than the specs in the book.
It’s slightly too big on me!
This is supposed to be a size 8 (UK sizing) There isn’t a smaller size. I could work it out for a size 6 if I wanted another one but should I have to?

***I’m sorry but I’m going to have to rant!***

I’m getting pretty tired of hearing constant calls to cater for larger ladies in knitting patterns and clothing stores. Perfectly valid requests! All that seems to be happening is “vanity sizing” making a size 8 bigger so some silly size 10 woman can feel good about herself “fitting in a size 8”. Where does that leave a naturally slightly built woman like me? Dropped off the bottom of the clothing size scale – that’s where. ๐Ÿ˜ˆ When I can find a size 8 in the stores, it often swamps me (especially at the top ๐Ÿ™ )

Where are the cries to cater for small women? Probably stifled by the helpful suggestion that “you look in the children’s department”. I am not a child. I have a womanly, albeit athletic, shape. I have not seen many business suits in the children’s department recently and my tastes moved on from pink glitter and Barbie on my T Shirt Printing several decades ago. ๐Ÿ‘ฟ

I really don’t think it’s too much to ask for patterns to fit the sizes they claim to fit and cover a range for smaller and larger ladies – not just the ones in the middle!

***rant over** (I feel better now)

Now I’ve ranted I have to confess that I didn’t check the specs against my measurements, so I’m partly to blame. Strange really as I did do a tension swatch! (I didn’t want to end up in Israel with it coming out the wrong tension and no alternative needles with me!)

It looks OK from the back…

The side is a bit “gapey”…

Hmmm
Note to Self:”Hold stomach in more for photos….”

I think it’ll be OK – especially with thicker stuff underneath when it’s colder.

I’m gonna have to find something else to knit now…..what do I have in my ginourmous stash that just has to be knit up?? ๐Ÿ˜›

Completed Knit Report
Name: Glace
Pattern: from RYC Summer Delights by Martin Storey
Yarn: RYC Silk Cotton
Pattern Problems: Sizing is too generous – pattern perfect though
Pattern Modifications: None al all!
Washing and Wearing: too early to tell
Knit It Again???: not without modding the size a bit
Difficulty: Easy Peasy
Rating: 3/5
Other Postings Relating To This One: Israeli Knitting
Frappe’s Collar ponderings

10 Responses

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  1. Kat
    Kat August 11, 2008 at 10:37 pm |

    Lovley! It’s always great to find a movie that “gets the needles clicking”!!!

  2. Maureen
    Maureen August 12, 2008 at 9:58 am |

    I am so with you on the size issue. My measurements have not changed since I was 19 (now 40) and at that point I was a small size 10/normal 8. Now I end up fitting anything from a size 0 – 8 depending on where you shop! How can this be when I haven’t changed in shape or size in over 20 years! I have a small frame with narrow shoulders but a definite pear shape so kid’s clothes are no use whatsoever as they don’t go in at the waist enough. Tops from most shops gape too much (much padding in the cleavage area is required!!!). I have to adapt loads of knitting patterns otherwise the shoulders of most things would be hanging off me. I actually find that they’re better at having the smaller sizes in the patterns from the US than they are in the UK.

    Like you I’m really fed up of the way sizing has changed to feed the vanity of folk. I’d love measurements for sizing to be standard in the same way that guys sizing is. Hardly like they go to buy trousers that are 32″ long with a 30″ waist and only when they put them on do they discover that the waist is actually 36″ just so they don’t upset the guys with the fat guts!

    Sorry for hijacking the rant but I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one that gets hacked with it. It’s why I end up buying a lot of vintage stuff – at least it’s different from what a’body else is wearing ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Arianwen
    Arianwen August 12, 2008 at 12:46 pm |

    love the colour of that!! Not that I am a green obssesive or anything. I agree with you about the sizeing. I bigger now than I ever have been in my life and still often the smallest size is baggy.

  4. Cheryl
    Cheryl August 12, 2008 at 2:36 pm |

    Thats gorgeous Susan it suits you,love that colour.

  5. magentaheadrest
    magentaheadrest August 13, 2008 at 4:07 pm |

    can you seam the under arms a bit higher?

    that might take up some of the slack. Pretty top..

  6. Jen J
    Jen J August 14, 2008 at 3:48 pm |

    wow well one on completing your garment, i must admit its quite cute i’d like one in black

    just wondering if you want to exchange links? I’m just a newbie at this blogging malarky but gotta start somewhere. http://knitkicks.wordpress.com/

    Jen x

  7. pinkarwensocks
    pinkarwensocks August 21, 2008 at 12:45 am |

    I really like that top, I didn’t think it looked too big.
    Good on you for only having one WIP at the time too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. smug sheep
    smug sheep August 31, 2008 at 11:11 am |

    Oh, couldn’t agree with you more on sizing – especially Rowan patterns, and increasingly, the Interweave Knits ones!

  9. Hannah
    Hannah January 3, 2009 at 4:34 pm |

    Think it looks really cool, love it.

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  10. Hannah
    Hannah January 3, 2009 at 4:36 pm |

    Oh and I have the same problem, i’m always using smaller needles etc 2 get a smaller size, but with me its a bit of guess work!!

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