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Month: October 2003 Page 1 of 3

Home Stretch

I’m almost finished with my vest. I’m about 40% finished with the I-cord edgings. Then, it’s just a matter of finding separating zippers of the right color. Yeah, right. I’ll be lucky if I can find something close and approximately the right length.

I also finished spinning the hand dyed wool from Banana Belt I bought earlier this spring. I’ve settled on the Seaweed vest from Sweaters from Camp. I found some dark green Cascade 220 to use as the main color, and knitted up a swatch this weekend. The gauge is very different, since the yarn is worsted weight. But thanks to the excellent write-up on how she arrived at the design, I was able to rework the pattern for Martin with my gauge.

So I have a huge incentive to finish my current vest. But then, I also bought some Jaeger Matchmaker yarn to make the Lavold vest in Knitters. There just aren’t enough hours in the day.

Some progress

I can’t believe it. I misread my own instructions, not once, but twice. And we are not talking about misreading it the same way twice, but two different ways. Now I need to rip both front panels of the vest back to the start of the neck decreases. (Okay, yes, I also need to rewrite those instructions so that they more idiot-proof.)

I’m finally down to plying the last bobbin of the yarn for Martin’s sweater. This is the handpainted wool that I bought at NwRSA conference back in April or May. I should be able to finish plying it tonight and then set the twist. Now, when that Cascade 220 I ordered to go with this project, I’ll be able to start swatching.

Vest Progress

I’m zipping along on the vest. Part of me is bored with all the stockinette stitch, but the other part of me can’t stop because I can’t wait to see what the finished piece will look like. Will it end up as I envisioned it? So far so good. Actually, almost exactly as I envisioned it.

I’ve modified the pattern a bit from the way I had originally written it. I wasn’t looking forward to all the piecing, since the 2 front pieces are worked as 2 separate pieces each. I decided to work the 2 colors using intarsia, after the top of the pocket. This is my first intarsia work since my “Death by Intarsia” class in spring. I think I did pretty well.

Here’s what the back of the piece looks like. Click on the image to see the front of the piece. (Sorry about the quality of the picture. I’m using the old digital camera, because Martin has the good one up in Seattle.)

Intarsia Back

The edge stitch on the yellow is a bit loose. I think it’s because I’m not pulling tight enough on the working yarn when I return to it. That first stitch is worked as a purl stitch, and I’m just not getting even tension there. I’ve tried really yanking on the yarn on that stitch, but it still won’t even out. I’ll have to keep practicing.

And yes, that’s an ebony circular kneedle. I needed a new size 6 circular, and I came across the Susanne’s ebony circulars. They were only a few dollars more than the Addis, so I splurged. I can’t resist exotic hardwoods. I think it’s the sailor in me. And yes, I gloated to Martin. Thank goodness he understands. He can’t resist them either. Unfortunately, we had to give up quite a bit of our hardwood collection in the move south. They went to good homes though. Mostly to other wooden boat owners and the boat modeling non-profit organization. Some of the woods included Honduras Rosewood, Purpleheart, teaks, mahogany. For now, I’ll restrict my collection to drop spindles. Satisfies the petting/fondling needs as well as being functional.

Speaking of functional pieces of wood. I got a call from Fiberworks, and they are starting on my drumcarder!!! I should get it around Christmas. I had to decide on a wood on the phone, because I didn’t know what I wanted when I ordered it. While I was on the phone with Erika, she mentioned the Enlish Walnut that they have in the shop right now. I immediately googled the wood, and fell in love. Just check out the grain on this baby. I’ll have to pay a premium for this wood, but the way I figure it, I’m already paying an arm and a leg for this piece of functional art, what’s a few dollars more?

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