It's a pattern from Yarn Forward Magazine No. 34 March 2011, here is the Ravelry link. I made a few mods:
1. I purled 3 rounds before starting the actual pattern, and then did a purl edging to the neck and arms edges.
2. The original is purled across the chest and upper back, but I knit mine.
The cables are just so lovely. My only issue was that the cables at the front shoulders have 4 stitches, and the cables at the back shoulder have 5 stitches, so they didn't match up completely. But that's me just being fussy! Here's a cable close-up:
The Gretel Top has been frogged. :( I did about 2 inches of it, then put it on the dress form, and it was massive. I will re-try it, but I want to wait to get Ysolda's new book Little Red In the City first. It's so close I can almost smell it! I already have the ebook on Ravelry, but would much prefer to study the actual book than read it on the computer; it's a bit difficult to stick post-its on a page on a computer screen! There is loads of information on fitting in the book, so I'm hoping it will help me out.
According to the Ysolda Group on Ravelry, some folks in America have already received their copies, (it was printed in America) but Ysolda says here (in post 1306)that it is currently in Customs. So hopefully I will get it this week. I shall be beside myself every day when I get home from work!
*** I interupt this blog to inform you that I have just been informed by Mr BB that there is a mouse in the living room (I'm upstairs). This morning one of the cat's (it was Luke - it's always Luke...) was trying to poke under the sofa, so that explains what he was up to. Oh the joys and delights of having two cats! Mr BB and the cats are now trying to catch it. I'm going to leave them to it; too many cooks and all that... ***
Yesterday I had another go at sewing a top, but it wasn't very successful and left me feeling a bit deflated. It's getting the fit right that's the problem. I've been procrastinating about a sewing class, so now I think I'll look into it. If I've put that in print, then I'll have to do it!
So at lunchtime I made myself a new rule - when Formula One is on TV, I have to knit, and that includes the Qualifying. No more faffing about on Ravelry, no looking up sewing patterns or technics - just knit! So during today's race I got lots of my second Circle Sock done. I'm off to finish it,