This kimono I made for Girlfriend is based on Elizabeth Zimmermann's outline for what she calls a Bog Jacket. It's basically a square, but you cut in some sleeves, pull out the waste yarn, do some fancy folding and grafting, and there you go. The only issue I had is, I had some difficulty with the grafting. I can usually graft pretty well; it's just that there are things on my mind and I couldn't be patient with the thing.
I mean, honestly, when you're told that you don't speak "proper English" by a 10-year old foreigner, it stings.
And when that 10-year old critiques the food and his grandparents and mother stop their conversation to hear just how he thinks the California Rolls we're serving (in California) aren't done correctly, life feels a bit more twisted than it felt since last Thursday and you pretty much want to hand him a hot dog and ask him to critique that.
So, lots of knitting, lots of fast knitting has been done. But the grafting part became my whipping boy. So if you're wondering why the belt on this thing is so high, to be honest, I put it there to hide the flaws. In the end, though, it's kind of a happy accident because it actually looks good that way.
And this is what it looks like with one grafted sleeve and front and the other side getting ready for the whipping boy treatment (note the stitch holder hiding the grafted side. The one that I practically demolished):
So here it is. In Mission Falls 1824 Cotton from SuperCrafty. I told Girlfriend that she could wear it after the pool (and this stuff is great for things like that), so she decided to try it on for us. I'm just worried she'll begin to critique my knitting when she begins to speak "proper English."
And when she does, I swear, I'll simply perish.
BTW: The title of this post is another gem from one of the guests.