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 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)