Favorite Thing Friday: Raindrops


I love that it rained multiple times during my stay in Indiana, but that’s not the sole inspiration for favoring raindrops this week. After more than three months of work, I finally finished knitting the Adeline Camisole, which features a raindrop pattern.

This is the first large project where I didn’t have to start over again because of a mistake. I’m pretty proud of that fact considering the difficulty of this pattern! The only really scary part came at the end, when I tried the garment on for the first time. It was about a size too big! As with most lace patterns, it stretched after blocking.

To fix this problem, I did what would probably give most wool-lovers a heart attack. I threw it in the dryer. I know, I know, this is blasphemy in the knitting world! Just know I was very careful and had a specific plan of attack.

First, I soaked the garment in water and squeezed out as much water as possible. Second, I put the garment in a pillow case and sealed it with a tie. Third, I put it in the dryer on high heat for twenty minute intervals. After each twenty minute cycle, I checked to see how much it had shrunk. Once it was the right size I laid it flat to dry.

After that harrowing process, I slipped on the camisole and it fit perfectly!


Adeline Camisole

The raindrop pattern is a little hard to see, so here it is up close:


Raindrops in yarn!

The yarn for this project totally sold me on KnitPicks as awesome place to buy yarn. Great quality, beautiful colors, and fantastic prices. I made this camisole for $16 using Stroll Hand Painted Sock Yarn in Coffee Shop (what a great name for a color!).

I’ve got a number of other projects going – too many, actually – so stay tuned for more pictures of my knitting adventures! 🙂

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What’s your favorite thing this week?

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c.b.w. 2014


16 thoughts on “Favorite Thing Friday: Raindrops

  1. I love the camisole! so pretty. I love raindrops too and part of the reason I clicked on this post is because we have finally gotten a touch of rain for parched CA. We actually have clouds this morning and a threat/promise of rain. So I’ll go with your raindrops as being a favorite thing for me as well this week.


  2. Rita Ackerman

    Beautiful! It really looks like you and I’m so glad for you that you have advanced so much.
    Can’t wait to see more.


  3. Driving through the mountains in Switzerland, heading for Lake Geneva, arriving home in France to find the neighbours animals, goats, dog, horse and two lambs had invaded the garden.



  4. That was a lucky tumble in the dryer – a perfect fit! I remember my Mother telling me about the time she put a wool cardigan in a tumble dryer in a launderette in the 1950’s and it came out just the right size for a 2 year old!!! 😀 She was so embarrassed and ended having to leave quickly in order to conceal her laughing from others in the launderette. I guess showing your laundry mistakes in public wasn’t the done thing in those days!


  5. I think it was the perfect solution to the size problem! The camisole is so lovely. You’ve really stretched your wings as a knitter! Isn’t working with wonderful yarn, wonderful???


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