The moment I spotted Toulouse by Leah Thibault in Knit Scene last year, I knew that I HAD to make one. Maybe it's because I had a mean case of hat envy (seriously, I love floppy hats but hats just tend to look terrible on me), but I think it had more to do with the beautiful reminiscence of vintage blouses incorporated through the neckline tie. The tie is what did it - the tie. I can't believe I went all this time without expediting this project to the top of my queue, but here we are and maybe it's a good thing... the anticipation has just made it that much sweeter.
One thing I should point out is how vibrant, yet earthy and neutral the yarn color is. I'm lucky enough to have a mom who is even more into knitting than I am - I'm a fledgling in comparison, as she's been a serious knitter since her teens. Anyway, one of the really cool parts about having a mom who knits is her exuberant yarn stash... and the opportunity to every once in a while take some of it off of her hands. Such was the case with this yarn - some supremely soft Cascade Alpaca Lana D'Oro. Thanks, Mom!
I was about halfway done with the body when I took these photos the other day, but at this present moment I'm working on the bottom ribbing section and may even get to move on to the sleeves tonight! More top-down, seamless, easy stockinette knitting. The project has gone really quickly and considering how long I've waited on making it, that's a great thing! You'll likely see an Off the Needles post for this baby soon.
Also on the finishing list is Cardoon, which has but one sleeve left to be seamed and set in. And maybe one day I'll get to unpack all of my studio boxes, find my Lanesplitter skirt and a strip of elastic and get that one out of the black hole that is my unfinished objects list too. Another day...