Finishing the almostsixyear project was huge for me. I started it August 3, 2011 and finished it July 31, 2017. The yarn is Spud and Chloe Fine, a wool/silk blend with beautiful color and drape.
The photograph below shows the steeks with the red yarn marking exactly where to cut after securing the stitches on either side with machine sewing. After securing and cutting the steeks, I was picking up the stitches for the band and yarn moved. That is something one doesn't want to see when cutting the knitting. Back to the sewing machine I went to re-zigzag and then the vest went in a bag in the corner of the room to be in time out. I like to think the steeks were healing. Three years and many projects later, I revisited the vest and finished the band around the fronts and neck and partially hand stitched the facing to the inside. The only knitting left to do was for the simple armhole bands. At that point other projects and activities took over, life happened, and just opening the bag and peeking in was enough to make me shudder.
Fast forward to summer 2017. Determined to finish those pesky projects (the vest included) majorknitter's Ravelry group Finish or Frog It Friday members to finish projects during the month of July. I managed two sweaters and this vest (just qualifying under the wire). It was just the motivation that was needed to light a fire under my rear and get those needles busy.
|I popped a bit of color inside the facing.|
The other sweaters I finished are Knitting Pure and Simple V-Neck Neck-Down Cardigan #994 in Debbie Bliss Cotton Denim DK and Tulgey Wood (so named because of the yarn color--Frabjous Fibers March Hare), which is really Acorn Trail minus the cables. To find just the right buttons for these sweaters, I took a dive into the button stash and organized the buttons in the process. I don't remember where I purchased the buttons for the blue sweater, but the three for the brown sweater are from Treadle Yard Goods in St. Paul, Minnesota.
|Rather than making buttonholes, I made button loops on the bind-off row.|
|The perfect cotton cardigan for cool days. I had Mary snap a photo by my studio space at Anoka Fiber Works.|
The wait is on for sweater weather!