Knitting! Plus some gardening, cocktails, and whatever else strikes my fancy.

FO: Glace Vest

Well, after 2 weeks of overcast skies in California, M and I spent the holidays in Illinois and Wisconsin, dodging blizzards and arctic blasts. We came back to CA on New Year’s Eve, and for the next 48 hours I  despaired that we would never see the sun again. But late Sunday afternoon, the skies cleared (briefly)! I put on my striped shirt and my Glace vest, and I coerced M into taking some photos out on our patio.
Glace Vest: front view
My eyes are all squinty; the sun must be shining!

This turned out better than I expected it to. I really thought it would be horribly small, but other than perhaps making the ribbing a tiny bit longer, I wouldn’t change a thing.
Glace Vest: back view

I liked the construction, which did the ribbing across the front, split for the V-neck, rejoined with a back-of-the-neck stitches cast on and then knit down the back to the bottom edge. The only finishing was seaming the ribbing together at the sides. Very neat!

Glace Vest: side view

The pattern called for Rowan RYC Silk Cotton, which I did not have, but I did have more than enough Valley Yarns Goshen, so I used that instead. Goshen is much more drapey than the Rowan yarn (which my blogless/Ravelry-photoless friend Elsie used to make her Glace). I think the greater structure of the Silk/Cotton from Rowan works better in this application, otherwise, I didn’t have any problems with the Goshen. It’s not my favorite shade of pink by any measure, but, hey, it matched the light-colored stripes in my shirt.

Here’s the look M got when he told me to “run your hands through your hair and pout for the knit blog.” I think shooting with the DSLR camera is going to his head a bit.
Glace Vest: annoyed

Stats:
Pattern: Glace from Rowan Classic Summer Delights. Size to fit 36-38 bust.
Yarn: Goshen from Valley Yarns (Webs); 48% Peruvian Cotton/46% Modal (rayon)/6% silk; color 05, mauve; 6 skeins; 92 yd/skein
Needles: Addi Turbo, US 8
Modifications: I did not knit the ribbing on smaller needles, as I am not a 36-38 around the top of my hips.

I’d like to knit this again in a wooly yarn, but who knows when I’ll get to that!
Well, three more FOs to go to wrap up the 2009 handknits. Let’s hope for some more sun, or at least not gloom.



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