Well, February just flew past for me. For you, too? Did Vest-uary distract you a little from waiting impatiently for spring? I hope so.
Of course, everyone who knit along had the fun of their project, but those who finished and emailed me had a chance to win a prize as well. Six lucky knitters will have the fun of waiting for packages in the mail during March.
- the gorgeous Babykid in purple goes to Goldiegirl for her lovely Aleita Shell
- the winner of Goldiegirl‘s “Folk Vests” book is Bluestocking for her Washington Square vest (Ravelry link)
- with another Aleita Shell, funisinstyle wins the necklace from PrairieKnitWit
- Ellen from Lazy Daisy Knits knit a red cabled vest and won Yarn Workshop‘s gorgeous Bellingen
- Hespetre’s sweet owlish baby vest (Ravelry link)won a vest’s worth of boucle yarn from celticmemory
- Orata wrote her own pattern for a stylish textured vest she called Savile Row and won yarn from northernknitter
Congratulations, all! And thanks ever so much to the generous people who donated. What a delight knitters are.
On Wednesday, I finished my second vest, just a few days from having both done in a month.
Knit in the round, it was a simple and very pleasing project. I did not pick up and knit down for the K1P1 ribbing at the bottom as the pattern instructed but rather just knit it on at the beginning. This was perhaps a mistake as it now flips. I’ll probably pick up the row above that, cut it off, and then knit on 5 rounds of ribbing with a smaller needle.
I added a center panel of texture. The 34 stitch panel of Knit-Twist Lattice stitch from Barbara Walker’s Second Treasury of Stitches was simple, easy, and looks stunning. I am thinking of embroidering charcoal grey within some of the diamonds to emphasize the argyle-effect.
I gave myself some positive ease on this vest. And I think I may have discovered that I prefer negative ease, or no ease. Hmm. Live and learn, eh?
A few times this week, the temperatures have been over the freezing mark. Or should I say melting point? (Hooray!) I thought I’d take advantage of the rink as a backdrop for photos at least once before it starts melting away. Don’t worry, though, I’m sitting on a small piece of cardboard.
Pattern: Devon from the now defunct Magknits
Yarn: Jaeger Matchmaker Merino, black 150 g