For past giveaways I have literally used a hat to draw names. This time around there were so many names I decided it was going to be easier and faster to use a random number generator. There were 48 entries (45 on the blog and 3 from people who emailed me privately), and #3 came up the winner. The funny thing is the third comment on my blog was from Christina at A Colourful Life, and she was the winner of a giveaway I did last winter. So Christina, if you can please email me your mailing address I'll have the publisher pop a copy of The Moment in the post. Also, while I'm on the topic of my book, the side bar has now been fixed and has links to order from either Amazon or the publisher, Sono Nis.
Now, about Bressay. Bressay is an island in Sheltand, but it also happens to be the name of a knitted dress pattern in Mary Jane Mucklestone's book Fair Isle Style. My dilemma is about the dress, not the island. Here's the picture from the book, to give you an idea of what it is I'm talking about.
I love this dress. I don't really wear dresses, but if I was going to Bressay is exactly what I would want to pull out of my closet. Worn with some leggings and a long-sleeved shirt I think I could make it work. So in a totally unrealistic fit of optimism I ordered the yarn from J&S last fall and cast on.
The dress is knit from the top down, and it didn't take me long to get through most of the colourwork in the yoke. Then last year's Christmas knitting took over, and it got set aside. We all know this is the death knell for a project. I didn't touch the dress again until a few weeks ago. This isn't the best picture, but it will give you an idea of where I'm at right now.
When I took it back out to work on I realized there was more than looming Christmas knitting that had caused me to put it aside. While I was very happy with my colour choices for the Fair Isle pattern there was a problem, quite unforeseeable when I ordered the yarn. In this picture, taken in a brighter spot in our cottage, the problem becomes apparent.
If you look at the top of the yoke you will notice that you can see through the fabric. This wouldn't be a problem if it was going to be a sweater. I always wear a shirt underneath my wool sweaters. But it's a different story as a dress. And it just isn't the kind of thing one would wear a slip underneath. Yes, I would have leggings under it, but I'm not sure I want the see-through look even with leggings underneath.
I have been playing around with the idea of turning it into a sweater. I'm at the point where I have to make a decision. I either keep going and do the increases required to make it into a dress, or go with fewer increases and make it into a sweater. I have Ann Budd's Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters, so I could easily use one of her templates to guide me.
So there you have it. My Bressay dilemma. What say you? Am I right in thinking it would be scandalous for a fifty-something grandmother to wear a dress that's see-through (even if it does have leggings on under it)? Should I convert it to a sweater, make the dress, or frog the whole thing and use the yarn to knit something in Yokes, the soon to be released book by Kate Davies?