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Mila and the Bamboo Shell

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Everyone knows I love sparkly things - and anything pink - just check out my Pinterest board on the topic!  So you can imagine how I feel about our new yarn, Mila. 


It's a beautiful cotton with the finest sparkly filament running through it.  I've had it scoped out for a special project for weeks now but with the late spring, the weather has been too cold to get excited about its bright, juicy colors. 

Today's high of 82 changed all that.  When the sun shines hot, bright colors feel right.  What I have in mind for Mila is this smart little design Lynne found last month, Bamboo Shell by Cheryl Andrews.  It's a great new pattern with lots of reasons to love it.  It's the kind of design that will fit nicely into your wardrobe, perking it up without being fiddly or hard to wear.  I like that it's ribbed which will give it a nice smooth fit and keep the edges straight without a fussy border. The ribs are uneven and broken by garter rows which gives the fabric rhythm and interest. 

 

Photo courtesy of Cheryl Andrews via Ravelry


I also like the way the armholes are cut in just enough for a sleek, flattering line.  It feels fresh and modern but still modest and age appropriate. 


Photo courtesy of Cheryl Andrews via Ravelry


 Finally, I like this little side gusset that gives you some waist shaping.  Actual waist shaping in the design allows the garment to skim, rather than stretch, over the body. 


Photo courtesy of Cheryl Andrews via Ravelry


I can see myself wearing this all summer, but it is a sleeveless shell, and I totally get that not everyone is comfortable in sleeveless.  But this is a perfect layering piece too.  It would look great under a jacket at the office or paired with with a gauzy long sleeved blouse.  I think this is a beautiful look.


Photo courtesy of SoftSurroundings.com


You could even do a matching bolero and make it a twin set.  I'll be swatching the Mila tonight, but if you want to see more progress, check with Anne Boone, who started hers last week.  She probably has the entire back already done!  

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