I'm knitting some four-stitch I-cord for a little pink cotton/model top I started knitting in about 1981. I think I finished it in about a month except for the crocheted cord with bobbles. I don't crochet all that well, so the top got put aside until a friend could teach me. Somehow that never happened. Then the pattern got lost (I sure wish I still had it) and the whole thing just sat. And sat. Until today, when I decided to forget ever finding the instructions and learning to crochet and started a piece of I-cord. I've got about a foot done already. It goes fast, doesn't it?
Here's the top, in all its rolling stockinette stitch glory.
Here's a better photo of the yoke. The top is turned inside and stitched down, with the I-cord inside, so the neckline can be tied. The lace motif is a pineapple. My grandmother crocheted hundreds of pineapple doilies, tablecloths, and other items, which is why I'd picked out this pattern. And why I wished I hadn't lost it.
Can you guess that I'm not wild about finishing?
Incidentally, I know when I knitted this top because I know when the paper my husband gave at the SIAM (an association of mathematicians) yearly meeting we went to was published. Buying handwork projects as souvenirs makes them easy to date. I got a great needlepoint pillow top at the same time. The conference was in Denver, at a downtown hotel, and I studied the phone book and went to Larrimer/Larrimore/Larri-something Square, to a great shop, and bought two projects. I worked the needlepoint when we drove from SoCal to northeast Iowa for my husband's high school reunion, coming home by way of Banff and Waterton and Glacier.