[Insert relieved and very satisfied sigh of pleasure]
When I started this folded top in March, I truly believed it would take a while to finish. I knew how many hours in a day there are (not enough) and I know I don't always have the chance - or energy - to knit for considerable periods of time to make inroads on things made with minute threads. Despite the fineness and fragility (in appearance only, it's actually quite robust as a material) of the yarns, this knit up quickly + 1 thread Habu Merino in charcoal, and 1 thread Habu Ramie in Sumi Charcoal, on 2.75mm needles. This piece looks deceptively simple, but does actually have a lot of subtle and exact shaping, particularly to the front fold and lower hem lines. Getting a small fold (remember this is to fit a 12-18month old baby) like this to sit and work precisely is harder than it seems. I've talked before about the asymmetry which runs around the bottom hems, the neckline and through the folded section, and I love that the finished piece has those very diminutive shapes to them.
Deliberate, yet coincidental.
What I would love to see is this knit in other fibres and colours + a smokey laceweight alpaca, a variegated Lornas Lace Helen's Lace, a natural linen, a watermelon coloured silk (thanks for putting that colour in my head Di!) and I am very much coveting that idea completely, or a lavender cashmere or maybe even a light weight tweed.
The origami nature of folded fabrics has become a small ritualistic diversion for me which I really have been enjoying immensely. There is a calmness and serenity to simple forms structured from behind or within. I likened my schematic pattern sketches to joinery drawings, and the process of making and pattern writing has been very similar to the construction manufacture of small pieces of furniture, albeit for the body. I love folds, I love the hidden nature of them, the reveal, and the containment. I can't help wondering through this project, about the voids and shadows left over by the folds, which led me as I sewed this up, to wonder about holes - wide open gaping holes and small intense holes to hide within. Deliberate holes, and coincidental holes. Stay tuned, for after I'm finished with folding, I'd like to explore pockets, holes, openings, buttonholes, and closures.