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Sweater vest and skiing

February 15, 2010

My KnitPicks package arrived Friday, and I am off and running on my sweater vest project. It seems the perfect accompaniment to watching the Winter Olympics. Darien wanted me to knit him something (isn’t that sweet?), so I let him pick the pattern and the color. I’ve never knitted clothing before, so I’m crossing my fingers that I get the gauge right and I can follow the pattern correctly. I’ve sewn clothes before, but knitting is new. It seems to be going well, and Darien is appropriately excited and impressed by my efforts so far. I’m using worsted weight Wool of the Andes in Mink Heather on size 5 and 8 needles, which according to my swatch will yield 5 stitches and 7 rows per inch.

This was after I was a couple inches into the bottom ribbing of the back. I’m also using a 14-row cable pattern with a 10 stitch twist in the body, so this project is full of newness. It’s a bit of a relief for my eyes to be using a lighter colored yarn, too. It’s knitting up nicely.

Oh, and I’m using this classic pattern from one of my Mom’s old books. It’s full of preppy white guys posing with golf clubs. Which is pretty much Darien. Minus the golf clubs. Love. It. Like so:

In the same shipment (thanks to Mom & Dad’s birthday gift certificate), I also got the same yarn in Hollyberry for a cardigan for myself. It’s a lovely deep red with a tiny touch of purple, not candy-colored or fire engine. I think it will be a beautiful addition to my wardrobe when I get it all done.

But that’s for much later. Back to the sweater vest!

One Comment leave one →
  1. sarah permalink
    February 15, 2010 10:50 am

    again, looking good! i love the pattern, very classic, very darien. cabling is a cinch. can’t wait to see it finished! i’m sure you’ll have it done in no time.

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