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Winter Vest

Following on from my pink success for Miss 3, a piece of my knitting she wears enthusiastically, I decided to try again. This time brighter and pinker!  I knit up this cute Eden vest for her in just a couple of days knitting. I knit it as per the pattern, adding a contrast neck and hemline. I used a lace pattern from a stitch dictionary for a bit of interest at the hem – I think it’s really pretty. And the young lady is really pleased with it too. Yay, two successes in a row!

This pattern is seriously easy to knit, this one was the fifth one I’d made to the pattern – two test knits in cotton, two for Miss 1 in wool, and now this one for Miss 3.  I think next time I would make a size larger for her – and add a it more length. My babies are growing up!  I haven’t taken piccies of the second one for Miss 1 yet as I am waiting on some embellishment charts that I will be testing for a fabulous designer.  She is working on a raft of designs to do in duplicate stitch, and I needed a blank canvas suitable for embellishing. So, you’ll have to watch this space for the next exciting installment.

I do have to wonder about my slight pattern obsessions. I seem to knit and knit and knit one pattern or one type of item. Last year I knitted so many pairs of socks that I have no reason to knit socks this year (except a stash of yummy yarn!) This seems to be the year or vests and hats (yes, I do have another one blocking, why did you ask?)  Am I the only one who gets carried away in fits of knitting fancy? Or are the rest of you more sensible in your knitting choices – not obsessively beavering away on a stash of hats to go with every outfit you own 🙂 (Actually it’s not that bad. I only have a red hat, pink hat, teal hat, purple hat and blue hat. I also wear green and black a lot).

And now, since I appear to be rambling… I thought you might appreciate these cutie photos of the girls. It’s winter here now and it was a bitterly cold day outside. It was nice to see  them making their own fun inside tonight 🙂

Yep,  it’s nice to see Miss 3 is going to grow up to be like Mummy – she’ s baby wearing a dolly on her back (in the homemade Meitei I sewed for her that she’s mostly never used), and pushing her wee sister in the doll’s pram. Bless her!

And speaking of Miss 1, I thought you might a post-op update on her. As you can see, her eye is looking fabulous. Unless you get right up close you’d never know that she had an operation on it.  Cute as a button (if not slightly feral post-preschool clothed and groomed).

And on that note I really must head off to bed – it’s been a looong day.

Eden

You might remember that I did a couple of test knits for a new Tikki pattern a month or so ago.  The pattern was released earlier this month, and to celebrate, a knit along was being run on the Tikki Ravelry group.  Please don’t blame me for not telling you about it until it was too late for you to enter, okay? Because I totally forgot and only just stumbled across it again yesterday. Which was rather convenient, as that was what I was so busily knitting yesterday.

So, my entry to the Eden KAL will be this:

A size 18 months vest version of the pattern (it comes in vest or dress length), knit in 10ply Creative Fibres yarn that I received in the dessert themed yarn swap late last year.  I made a few modifications to the pattern – I knit it a little longer than the pattern, and knit a garter stitch band around the waist instead of 3×1 rib.  I used all 100g of yarn, so it was just as well I had used a little bit of white to stripe through, or it would be just that little bit shorter. Go the stash knitting!

 The wee girl wore this today and I was pleased to get a compliment on it from a complete stranger – always makes a knitter’s heart sing.

The value of monogamy?

One of the forums I belong to on Ravelry is called Shop the Stash.  Ostensibly the mission of the group is to knit from stash this year if and when possible, and not to buy any more stash yarn. Of course, the reality is that it is filled with enablers who point you towards the latest co-op, yarn club, indie dyers with stockings and people having destashes – oh, and don’t forget the E-Bay yarn bargains.  One lady has managed to buy more than 7kg more yarn already this year – and that’s with her making an effort to be good!

Anyway, I digress…  They have been chosing a theme for each month to challenge you to work with your stashed yarns. In January is was an attempt to cast on as many projects as you could – finishing them was optional.  February was  a combo month – for finishing up WIPs, knitting with some lovely yarn you are scared to use, and to knit something for yourself. I didn’t really pay terribly much attention to either theme in that I tend to let my knitting be dictated largely by what I *feel* like knitting.  But I couldn’t help but pay attention when they started thinking up themes for March.

I’m not sure what it is about the letter “M” that inspired alliterative themes, but the two that have been mentioned are “Monogamous March” and “Malabrigo March”.  The idea behind Malabrigo March would be to knit up all your stash of Malabrigo, which is not something I want to do – I bought it to stash, as it is the kind of yarn I *want* to find when I open up my stash. I’d far rather find projects for a lot of other yarn before I deliberately knit this up without the perfect project or reason. But “Monogamous March”?? That one really got me thinking. Would I benefit from working on just one project at a time? Or would it detract from my knitting? I think I’m going to give this one the slip too – and I’ll tell you why.

Do you remember way back in November I cast on for a lace weight Whisper cardigan?  It has been quietly progressing in fits and starts since then. It travelled with me to the south over Christmas and by the end of the holiday the sleeve portion was complete. It sat awaiting me to pick up the stitches for the 1×1 rib section until last Sunday. And then I finally did it, being glad I was making a smaller size than last time, as knitting 1×1 rib in lace weight yarn for 3 inches seems to take forever for some reason.  I finished the ribbing on Thursday. 

In the meantime, when I needed a break from knitting this, I knit up another tester for Tikki’s new vest pattern.

Excuse the not-so-flattering pic of a post-bath Miss 1.  She loved the vest so much when I took it off her to put on her PJ top, she stole it, ran to the corner of the room, and tried to put it back on. She ended up wearing it to bed – I’m hardly going to complain if she likes my knitting!  The fit of this vest is much better than the first attempt – it is so cute, and it was nice to knit up all the odds and ends I had of this colour of Anchor Magicline – I think this size (9 months width, 12 months length) used about120g.

But when I think about monogamy, I realise that when I was knitting this, I don’t think I would have been knitting on my cardigan. I just needed a break from teeny needles and 2 ply yarn. I wanted something plain and easy. Something that actually made visible progress as opposed to the endless rounds of rib that never seemed to grow.  And that’s where I think that there is real value in having a couple of projects on the needles at once. When one project is misbehaving, or boring, to too difficult to work on because you are in company or a small person has stolen your chart to practise their drawing on, you can pick up the other one. When 2 ply seems to drive you mad, there’s always 4 ply, or 10 ply, or 12 ply to pick up and work on. 

You might laugh and say I’m justifying myself – but when I stopped to think about it, I realised that there just might be method in my madness after all.


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