I returned home from TNNA earlier this week and, I’m not going to lie, I am experiencing some serious Jeni’s withdrawal.  I just can’t get over the complexity of the Whisky & Pecan I had (several times, among others) last weekend.  As anyone who had the misfortune to bring up Jeni’s around me knows, as I also can’t stop talking about it.

(Is there anything more cliche than coming back from TNNA and raving about Jeni’s?  I can’t help it.  Things become cliche for a reason.)

(Also, I have to wonder, Columbus seems to have embraced Jeni’s as a local-must-have-often… what sort of impact does that have on the collective weight of a city/region?  Would statistics bear out a direct correlation between the success of Jeni’s and the increase of weight of the local populace??  Because I know that I’d be carrying an extra 5 or 10 pounds if I had the temptation of that quality of ice cream around me daily.  I am alternately grateful and sad that Jeni’s is not readily accessible in New England.)

(End ice cream blathering.)

Who loves a finished sweater?

I do.

Minx Tank by Amy Herzog, published in Knit to Flatter.  Yarn is Indigodragonfly Merino Silk 4-ply (in “Blink, Edith, Blink”) by the amazing Kim.

I was fortunate enough to try on the sample while the book was in progress.  I knew I wanted a Minx from the moment I put it on.

(Honestly, it was the opportunity to try on all the book samples – even the ones that didn’t fit me – that made me REALLY want to become a sweater knitter.  It was an eye-opening onslaught of well-designed, super wearable sweaters, in gorgeous yarns.  Once I knew what sweater knitting COULD be, there was no turning back.  You just can’t un-know it.)

By the time I got to Minx, I had most of my standard modifications down to an easy routine:

1) Add 2 inches in body length

2) Make neck-opening deeper, more narrow

3) Widen cross-chest (omit a decrease or two at each armhole shaping)

That last one can be a little tricky, because it can mean re-calculating the sleeve-cap math, but no such worries on a tank.  It would be a great project to first try your hand at making cross-chest modifications.

I’ve worn it out for drinks, I’ve worn it to work, I’ve worn it casual.

It’s definitely a keeper.  (And shouldn’t we be saying this about all our hand knits??)

(photo credit: Caro Sheridan)