All the topiary needs a haircut, it's starting to remind me of Struwwelpeter's hair. I like giving my Box shapes a trim, or even re-shaping them. I have grand ideas of Peacock shapes, and marvellous cake-like confections sweeping over the garden, a bit 'magical-like'. But these things take time, as box is slow growing, so it's a good thing I lean towards optimism isn't it?
So whilst I haven't got time to take my scissors to my Box shapes, this subject leads me neatly to my next topic, cutting my knitting.
I say "it was".
I finished the back and front, and sewed them together, and then I tried it on. And oh dear, what a sight! I looked like some sort of frumpy, lumpy baggage, with the dress too long for a start. And that mantra that sometimes lurks at the back of my mind, of keeping dark colours at the bottom, not the top, suddenly became a harsh reality when the dress was on me. The dark red should have been in the skirt section, with the pale duck egg blue predominantly in the top half. When I hang pictures, this mantra always reigns supreme, so I have no idea why I chose to ignore it when it came to knitting myself a dress.
The textured skirt section also weighs more then the top half, so it had the effect off pulling the top half down a bit, I think. The skirt section, apart from being way too long, stopped at the top, on the widest section of my hips, very unflattering. My protruding tummy was hideously enhanced by the shape of the dress.
I felt miserable just wearing the dress (minus the arms at that point), and thought that maybe it was just the length.
So I made the mistake of trying to unravel a panel of the skirt from the bottom up, which didn't work with the textured pattern. (I've done this with stocking stitch, and found I can unravel from the bottom up with that stitch, but to my dismay, it did most definitely NOT work with the pattern of the skirt).
I decided that the whole thing was not going to defeat me. No, no, no.
I thought, "I know, I'll cut it in half, and make two dresses, with proportions that suit my figure, not the figure of some wispy broom handle in the pattern's pictures".
Can you see the bit of unravelling I've attempted, (top left hand corner), which has left a 'nice' frayed edge?
My plan is to hoist the whole thing up, and just add a top section which will turn it into a dress, with long sleeves added. I'm not sure how I'll resolve the frayed edge, I hope I don't have to knit and entirely new panel.
And the great thing about this drastic scissor action? I actually prefer how this dress is turning out! I'm glad it was a disaster, because in my mind, these two-for-the-price-of-one dresses will look much better on me, and I've turned a bit of a disaster into something positive and exciting, which feels fantastic. Love it.
Just before I leave you, to get on with knitting my exciting striped dress, I thought I'd show you some more photos of my wild Struwwelpeter style garden.