Thursday, April 2, 2015

Jordan....I love you


This past week has left me with a little cold and two back to back migraines that have left me wiped out.  I have had trouble reading, and frankly making a coherent sentence.  I have not read blogs, it hurt my eyes and my mind to look at the computer screen.  When I was not working, napping or taking care of Little Buddy you could find me slouched on the sofa creating this beauty.   
The Jordan - sleeveless pineapple top by Vicky Chan.


Made with Cascade Yarns Ultra Pima, 100% pima cotton yarn and a size G hook.  This yarn has been in my stash for at least five years, if not more.  It took most of the yarn I had on hand to make this, approximately 800 yards.  I did do an extra 7 rows, to make another pineapple repeat I was worried it would be too short, I am very tall.  Now after blocking it I am not sure I needed the extra length, but better a bit to long than to short.


This pattern was brilliantly written.  I am now a huge crochet chart lover.  It seems so much easier to see the whole big picture of the pattern with a chart then the endless words, letters, and such of a written pattern.  I find it much easier to read a crochet chart than a chart for knitting.  There are a few wee errors here and there in this top, one pineapple has two row of three loops instead of a row with four.  There are a few 2 dc, followed by 2 chains and 2 dc's that only had 1 dc on a side.  But I am not sure you could pick that out even looking for them.  I did not do a sc border around the neck or arm holes as per the pattern instructions, I did not want to pull this tighter in any way and I think it looks just fine the way it is.


And guess what, it fits!!!  A rare thing for me with my creations.   Well, it is a bit snug around the chest, which is hysterical to me as I am extremely small chested.  I tried to block it a bit wider and may have to do it again.  Yarn has some give to it which makes it able to move with you not cut off your blood supply, so I will still be fine with it if it stays as it is.

Caroline the Dress Form was feeling quite fabulous in this new outfit until I accidentally knocked her into the bushes.  I apologized profusely after dusting her off.  The life of a model is never easy!  


This is going to be a quick post as my head is still hurting and my eyes are too from looking at this screen.  But I had to leave you with this, Little Buddy cracking himself up!  He is darling.

Have a great day.

52 comments:

Primroses Attic said...

Wonderful dress looks great. I suffer from migraines badly so I know what you are going through. I hope they leave you soon. very cute picture of Little Buddy.
Rosezeeta

ellen said...

It's absolutely gorgeous! What an accomplishment.
I do hope that you are mended asap.
That photo of Buddy cracking himself up is priceless.
(p.s. I am not at all "well endowed" as well. I blame it on the fact that I never had a training bra. What can one expect when that aspect of my maturing was completely ignored and left to languish on its own, with no training whatsoever?)
Wishing you well and sending love...
xoxo, Ellen.

Laura from beautiful West Michigan said...

Gorgeous! Take care and have a blessed Easter! (Love little Buddy laughing!) (Tell Max he is a sneaky boy!)

Christina said...

I had no idea that such beautiful garments could be crocheted! I bet you look stunning in the top. I hope your headache will be completely gone by the time you see this comment! Have a great weekend. xx

kathyinozarks said...

so sorry-migranes are just the worse ever-I used to get those when I had a heavy work load and long commute.
I love your new crochet top-with the right something underneath would make a pretty summer dress, or even a swim suit cover up-loving the color too.
big hugs Kathy

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Hope you feel better soon. Those migraines are awful!

hugs,
Linda

mamasmercantile said...

What a wonderful creation Meredith it is stunning. As always you captured a real moment with Little Buddy he is a little champion. Have a great Easter and hoping you are feeling better soon.

Betsy said...

Oh dear Meredith, I'm so sorry you've not been well. I hope things will be looking up for you very soon. It does look like Lil Buddy is back to normal! So sweet. And speaking of sweet. That is one gorgeous piece of artwork that you created. No wonder Caroline was so proud of herself. It's amazingly beautiful!!!!! I still prefer written directions. Must be the part of me that doesn't like to change. Have a lovely day and feel better my friend.
Blessings,
Betsy

CJ said...

He's always laughing! Love the top, it's amazing. Gorgeous colour, and I'm a big fan of cotton, and very beautifully stitched. And is that a banana tree in the background? Sorry you've been feeling so rough, I do hope that you're completely better very soon. Look after yourself Meredith. CJ xx

Lilbitbrit said...

I think that tunic is lovely, so versatile.

Sorry you are not feeling well.

Take care, have a nice cuppa tea.

Christy

Dee said...

I think he is laughing at the poor plight of Caroline. Boys are like that you know. ;-)

That boy gets cuter every day!

Andrea Ostapovitch said...

That is so beautiful!!! Hope you are feeling like your normal happy self very soon!

Teresa said...

That is so beautiful! I bet everyone will be looking at you wearing this and asking you where you bought it! Now get the hubby to take you out (well when you feel better) and show it off! Little Buddy you just have to love his joyful way of looking at things!
Hope you feel better soon. Bad cold here. Mom has one too and that is scary!

Marilyn K said...

Hi Meredith, I have been following your blog for quite some time, just lurking. I started my own blog recently and now I realize how important comments are to a blogger!
I love reading about little Buddy and your family. And I am impressed with this lovely crochet top. It is stunning. I may put down my knitting needles to crochet it. Hope you feel better real soon.

Amy at love made my home said...

Beautiful!! I love the colour and pattern. Take care of yourself. Happy Easter! xx

linda said...

Sorry you're not feeling too well Meredith I just love your top it's stunning you clever thing you, when you are feeling better I hope that you will model it for us, you take care of yourself and have a great Easter. :) xx

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

Beautiful work. I am almost speechless. Really very pretty. Well done!

Tasha {Life of a Stay At Home Mom said...

Beautiful!!! Love the pineapple stitch and the color you picked. Happy Easter

Pammy Sue said...

Oh my...it's just beautiful! Your stitching job is wonderful, although you say there are a few errors. You certainly can't tell it. It's a marvelous piece and something to be very proud of! Love it! Sorry you've had headaches lately. Hopefully it's just the spring pollen and will be gone with the wind. I love charts too. They're much easier on my brain than all the words and less apt to have a mistake. Cute picture of happy L.B.

Olga said...

Wow, it's really beautiful! Pineapples are so versatile and pretty. I love the color too!
I agree about crochet charts, they are so much easier. And when I just started crocheting many years ago, I only used charts. But I had to learn how to follow and write written patterns because that's still what most crocheters prefer.
What a fun picture of the Little Buddy!

Lynne said...

Wow Meredith! This turned out great and the color is so pretty. I love the pineapple pattern and I bet it looks really cute on you.
L.B is such a happy kid! Have a nice Easter :)

Home Meadows said...

Your top is stunning! I hope you are feeling better, migraines are no fun. Take care, Happy Easter, Heather

WildflowerWool said...

Stunning dress, hope you are feeling better!

My Garden Diaries said...

GOSH! Amazing what you accomplish even when sick my friend...how the heck do you do it!! That is GORGEOUS!!! I absolutely love it!!! And look at that sweet face there! My beans would have a blast with him!! Too bad you live so far or we could have an awesome play date! Hope you feel better soon....take care and get some rest! Nicole xoxo

Teresa Kasner said...

OooooMmmmmGggggoooodnesss.. that is spectacular! What a beautiful piece of wearable art! You really need to submit that to your county fair - you would get a blue ribbon for sure! I sure wish you'd model it for us. You'll have to kid your husband and tell him you're going to wear it as is. :-) Thanks for the cute LB shot.. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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Gracie Saylor said...

Well, I'll take your word for the existence of errors in your perfectly gorgeous new garment, Meredith :-) Thanks for sharing your how to process...and your new love for crochet charts...something I have yet to try using. It is good to see your happy Little Buddy and I am wishing you well!!! xo

Chris said...

Oh migraines, boo hiss!! I used to get such nasty ones, doc says as I am older my brain blood vessels or something aren't as flexible so they can get much less severe- ouch! Is there a hidden compliment in there? Your tunic is absolutely beautiful!! And there seems to be always boobage issues with tops, either they are too tight or too loose. So annoying!! Your little guy is just a ray of sunshine isn't he?!? Have a happy Easter weekend!

Géraldine B. said...

I hope you feel better soon ... Your dress is beautiful .... Have a happy and healthy weekend ....

Valentina Olden Patterns said...

Ooh, I love this! So sorry to read about your migraines: as one who suffers from migraine attacks too (mine last at least a couple of days, sometimes longer) I totally understand the pain you're into. I really wish you to get better soon! xx

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Hi cutie, that is one beautiful crocheted dress! What a lovely shade and pattern. I bet you look fabulous in it too. Sorry to hear about your migraines and cold, my daughter Amy gets them and boy does she suffer. (two back to back, oh my) Hope you can catch up this weekend with getting back to normal. LB is really cracking himself up, makes me want to join in ; )
Happy Easter, xoRobin

Jill at emeraldcottage said...

I've been ogling that pattern for a looooong time on Pinterest and ravelry, sadly I am not the right shape to carry it off (no really, I'm really not). Your version of it is simply stunning Meredith, I'm sure it will look amazing on. Also can't believe how quickly you made it. Sorry to hear about your migraines, I get them, they are awful snd I completely understand what you mean about them leaving you wiped out for days. Stay well dear friend,
Jillxo

Pradeepa said...

It's gorgeous! Happy Easter!

Helen said...

Stunning!! It's perfect for this time of year :) And what a happy young man x

Jo said...

i knew I would love this dress. It is really splendid and the colour is so subtle. I love it with that necklace too. I am a lover of the crochet chart and my crochet group are converted too after doing the Elise shawl. Love to you Jo x

kathy b said...

at a loss for the perfect word.. YOU MASTERED that pattern. The color the stitching,.....what a masterpiece. Hi Lil Buddy hope the Easter Bunny brings you joy and treats.

Grammy Braxton said...

Dear Meredith, I am so sorry you have had to deal with the migraines. There's nothing worse. I'm surprised you were able to crochet but then crocheting is the balm to all troubles. The top is absolutely GREAT! The pineapple design remind me so much of my Mom. She loved doing anything with pineapples in it. I hope you are feeling much better today and that your weekend is a relaxing, happy time. AND of course, how adorable is LB? That little man has captured all our hearts.
Hugs,
Sharon

Caffeine Girl said...

That is a fabulous dress! The pattern is just gorgeous and the color is perfect for you. I wouldn't know what to wear under it, but you have the perfect thing.

I don't crochet but I am a big fan of charts for knitting. All those numbers a letters seem so easy to get lost in.

Hope you are feeling better!

Old Magnolia Tree said...

Wow this is so beautiful. I'm quite jealous. Would love to have something like this. It's no surprise to me that to are so proud of it.

Ljubinka said...

Beautiful!!!
Happy Easter!:*

Babajeza said...

Very nice! :-) I hope you're feeling better soon. Hugs, Regula

Nana Go-Go said...

I'll just add my tuppence-worth and say what an absolutely beautiful garment and extremely well done! I would have to wear black underneath it because my shape has stretched so much this past year!! Lovely pic of the boy too. Happy and smiling, that's what we want! :-) xxx

Jennifer said...

This is such a beautiful top! I love everything about. The color seems just right for you. I hope you're feeling better soon. Happy Easter!

Willow said...

I'm sorry about your migraines :(
Also, I'm in awe of your crochet prowess. And of reading charts.
It's a beautiful creation!

Housewith Hearts said...

Migraines are horrible, horrible things aren't they. I read somewhere that putting your feet in a warm bowl of water with a bag of frozen peas on your head works ...the cold / hot combination works to clear the migraine somehow. I'm in awe of your beautiful crocheted garment, it's truly lovely! X

Crafty in the Med said...

Hope you feel better very very soon!
Caroline looks absolutely wonderful in the pineapple top! I am definitely going to have a look at that pattern. I just hope it is in xxL. It would be perfect over leggings!
Brill snapshot of Buddy!

take care now

Amanda xx

Jodiebodie said...

Sorry to read that you have been feeling poorly. I do hope you are feeling better and well enough to enjoy Easter. xx

Kris said...

You poor thing!!! I hope you are feeling much Better now! I adore the dress! Beautiful!!!!
Feel better!
XO Kri

HollyM said...

I cannot imagine succeeding at that pattern in my best health! It's beautiful.
Hope you're feeling better.

Toni said...

What a beautiful dress!!!!!! Hope Caroline lets you wear it--she might not after the bush episode........:)

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Love. love. love. this, Meredith. You did a beautiful job. I cracked up about the dangers and pitfalls of being a model. ;) PRECIOUS photo of Little Buddy. I sure hope you are feeling much, much better. blessings ~ tanna

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

I just love that little guy. He is the sweetest! And your dress is gorgeous. Those charts make absolutely no sense to me. But I'm sure just seeing the written pattern would have me saying no way. Excellent work! :) Best wishes, Tammy

Acorn to Oak said...

I hope you're feeling better! That top is beautiful!