So the halter top is progressing a bit:
I am really loving knitting this–the yarn is some Rowan Calmer from my stash and it is so soft and pleasant to feel. I originally purchased the yarn in (I think) 2006 to make the “Cabled Bandeau” that appeared in an issue of Interweave Knits a year or so back (Veronik Avery was the designer). It’s a really cute pattern, but there were a variety of problems for me, namely that a) I knit it twice and both times it came out way too big, even though try two had 6″ negative ease, b) the waist decreases were REALLY sharp relative to my waist/hip ratio, which resulted in an extra bulge of fabric sitting right over my hips. Also, the whole thick cabled fabric on what is supposed to be a relatively skimpy piece of clothing thing was just not the greatest mix, at least to me. I’m sure that top will be perfect for someone (who is not the magazine model), but I realized that for myself, it was probably time to take a new approach. Like unraveling the whole thing and letting it sit untouched for a year or two while I considered what to do with the yarn. And now starting to reknit it in a much simpler (and hopefully better fitting and more flattering) halter top design.