My goal is to be able to wear this dress by next Saturday, so I’m trying my best to knit one ball of the Laines Du Nord Baby Milk (109 yards) per day, so I will have a spare day or two for finishing.  So far, I’ve been close to meeting this goal.  I think I’m technically a half-ball behind, but I only have 4 balls left of the main color, so I’m keeping up pretty well.  I don’t think I’ll actually need all of these, but I plan on making the dress a smidge longer than the sample.  I’m thinking an inch or two, depending on where it hits my legs when I try it on later.  cocktail update

The dress is called Cocktail(Dress).  So far, I’ve made a few mods.  I had 4 extra stitches around the bust, making something between the small and medium bust sizes.  I did one less waist decrease on the front side only.  I did an extra set of side and dart increases on the low hip section before the specified increases for the small size.  I aimed to have the waist measure close to 31″ and I’m aiming for about 39.5″ on the full hip area.  I just try it on every so often and see if I like the way it fits.  I don’t have any positive ease at the bust, but I want a couple of inches at the waist and at least an inch in the hips.  The colors are really growing on me, and i think the pink will be flattering to my skin tone, as pink seems to be for many skin tones.

This Cocktail(Dress) should have a fabulous cocktail to go with it.  I’ve been obsessing over lavender lemonade so far this spring.  I take this recipe for lemonade and add two heaping tablespoons of dried lavender to the simple syrup as it cooks.  My co-op has dried lavender in the bulk herbs section.  It’s very handy for experiments like these.  I throw that lemonade in a glass and add a shot of tequila.  Sounds a bit weird at first, but it’s DELICIOUS.  Vodka or gin would probably also work just as well.  The lemonade is quite sugary.  The third time I made it I used 1 cup sugar instead of 1 3/4, and I liked it just as well.  I think I’m going to be making this all summer long.  Favorite cocktails?

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