By all accounts, namely mine, it was a simple beginning. Delight turned into lust with fairly drammatic strides, until an entire morning had been spent sourcing a pattern and getting it ordered. I sat on the idea of the pattern for a little while, contemplating, then hit a ping! moment where the pattern and a yarn collided with mega force.
It was a beautiful tunic pattern made by Darktrico which started it. A simple A-Line tunic top in a base cotton and feature trim by Phildar. Not the easiest of patterns to get hold of - plenty on Ebay France for shipping only to France, and I don't speak french to ask nicely to have it sent overseas. So I hunted it down elsewhere, and it took a lot of money, and a lot of time for it to arrive. More time and money than it is worth, but that is totally beside the point. I'm sure given half a moment to think I'd have worked out a basic pattern anyway. I digress. [I digress even more because in getting the link for the Phildar site I had a look around....and found this - page 14, which at least is in english, and again is making me contemplate]
I had been thinking of doing the same thing in a natural cotton, but then I got waylaid by the STR Raven clan and in particular the deep blue blacks of Thraven - a wonderful wool split with slashes of peacock blue through it. Can you imagine the deliciousness of a tunic top, in reverse stocking stitch (I'm not keen on it in garter stitch) with intense dark colours and this little slash of peacock.......teamed with Liberty Print trousers, or hand dyed linen trousers, or, or, or. You can see how my mind raced. The colour. The texture. The utter deepness. Pond deep. With Koi carp floating around deep. Dragonflies above lillypads deep. It looks beautiful so far. My gauge is off so I'm adjusting as I go, and I need Pia around to measure against before I go much further. I should also lay it out against one of her sewn tunic tops and see how it compares. The reverse stocking stitch is really neat, playing the peacock slashes off perfectly. I've loved the tunic tops I've been sewing for her - so incredibly Pia - and to be able to take it into a knitted version will be just wonderful for autumn and winter. Quite likely by the time I'm finished it will look nothing like the original pattern.
But that is the joy of working with peacocks and dragonflies.