Lotta Dress

I can't believe I didn't write a blog post about this dress. Busy summer sitting in the garden that is!

Lotta is a pattern from Laine magazine, a lovely fancy mag along the lines of Pompom, you know, a more upmarket sort of publication. I've been pretty low on funds the last year and bought my copy and then re-sold it on ebay once I'd finished with it. Had to do the same with the Vintage Shetland Project! Anyway, I spotted this dress when I was browsing Ravelry's Hot Right Now section and HAD to get a copy of the magazine immediately... Ysolda had it in stock and it arrived the very next day. The yarn was inspired by a cardi I knit in 2016, a Kate Davies pattern from her book Inspired by Islay (pictured below). The cardi was knit using a plain wool yarn held double with a subtly speckled Hedgehog Fibres merino laceweight, an effect I really liked!


I didn't take any photos of my dress when it was a WIP, didn't take many when it was a FO either! It was an easy one to make, I think I knit mine up in a few weeks. Once you're on to the skirt it's good mindless knitting.







I know the moment I try on a finished project if I love it or not and this one wasn't quite right, I'm not entirely sure why but it just wasn't. I don't always write on my Ravelry pages how many of my projects I frog, I just checked and I frogged or gave away 6/17 projects in 2017 and 7/21 projects in 2018. People can be a little funny about me frogging stuff, especially if they perceive what I've made (from my photos) to be a perfect fit, nothing wrong with it. I've had so many messages about my frogging, negative ones I mean, that I no longer tell the whole truth on my project pages. The thing is, I don't want to be hanging on to things I've knit just because, I'd rather unravel them and put the yarn to use elsewhere :-)

Comments

  1. Haha! I followed links here from the Ravelry 'front page' where this dress photo was featured and it does look gorgeous. Then I saw you used a Hedgehog fibers yarn, similar to one I've been saving for a special project. I cannot see a single flaw in this knit, but I share your tendency to give away and to undo anything I don't just love. Alas, I'll have to keep looking for the Hedgehog's destiny!

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    1. One day the yarn will be just what you need for a particular project! The best thing about having a stash.. Lovely Hedgehog!

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  2. I completely agree. I frog lots of FOs and WIPS. I also give away things. But your Lotta looks perfect to me!

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    1. I'm glad it's not just me, I really hate waste/unworn garments. And thank you, I started to slightly regret frogging my Lotta after all the positivity about it!

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