But there I have a beautifully knit Topstykke made from hand-dyed Grafton. I haven’t introduced Roz here before, but she helps me out in the business, and is a completely wonderful hand crafter – knitting, spinning, dyeing and quilting. She knitted this Topstykke for her daughter, but it was too large.
Luckily, it fit me well, until I spilt tea on it. Then the issue arose. Now, I am not a newbie when it comes to washing handknits, I wash them carefully, and then spin them, and dry flat. The top is only on the coat hanger for my fairly pathetic attempt at photography.
The neckline on this top has stretched tremendously after washing, especially across the shoulders. As I have commented before, I am lacking in the shoulder department, and this meant that the top is now pretty much unwearable.
It might be a combination of the relatively inelastic yak hair, and the tendency of knitting to stretch across the grain. If you have ever worn a sweater where the sleeves are knitting widthwise you might have experience the phenomenon of forever growing sleeves. After consulting with Roz (also known as the brains trust), I’m going to pull a thread in the garter stitch around the neck, and re-knit upwards (and probable gather the sleeves more for some additional puff), and then secure everything with a crochet chain on the inside. Just to prove that it is beautifully knit, here is a closeup.
Now, once my Topstykke is fixed, I’ll wear it (quite a bit I think), but my enthusiasm for knitting the kit that I originally purchased has waned to nil. Anyone interested in purchasing a Topstykke kit that is only a little bit used (all yarn for sizes up to XL and pattern included)? The colour is petrol (which is rather more blue in real life) if you are keen, and a hefty discount on retail would be available. (especially if you are in Australia). Tips on a crochet chain to secure the neck would be free.