Okay so I finished the Shopping Tunic in record time. Cast on last Monday finished last Saturday afternoon, I didn't knit on it at all Thursday and Friday. I blocked it and wore in to work on Monday with black slacks and a black long sleeved tee-shirt. Half way through the day I went to use the little ladies room (I hate the term little girls room, I'm not a girl I'm an lady and don't you forget it!) and saw my reflection in the wall length mirrors they have in the sitting room. OH MY GOD WHAT WAS I THINKING!!!!??? I looked like a rust colored inch worm, it was freaking gross, the purl side was bulky looking and the garter stitch edging on the bottom was curling in giving me even more of a pooch area then I already have! I quickly jumped into a stall and turned that sucker inside out, now the knit stitches were facing out and I went and looked in mirror again...so much better. Yes, it's a bulky sweater and bulky sweaters add bulk (duh!) but the knit stitches create a vertical line, where the purl stitches create horizontal ones. If we go back to fashion 101 we remember that vertical lines create length and the illusion of slim lines, where vertical lines make you look stumpy and fat. So lesson learned, and I can still wear my sweater.
Oh and I went with the gray costume on Sunday to rave reviews!!