This was the very first article of clothing I knit. I don’t tend to count it though, as I never actually looked at the pattern, just followed the verbal instructions Gran gave me. It’s a beautiful alpaca-silk blend, so it’s super soft. The knitting is also surprisingly well done, given my gumbie level of skill at the time.
But, it’s just not my style. I’ve left it vegetating in my wardrobe for about five years and haven’t worn it once. Which is a shame, really.
I’ve had vague plans over the last few years about frogging it and making something new. I have the vest, plus a 50g ball and a half of the yarn. I decided I’d like to make another Miette cardigan. Now, it’s been so long since I knit the vest that I really don’t remember how many balls of yarn I used. But holding it up next to my blue Miette, it looks like I’ll probably have enough. The Miette is cropped, where this vest isn’t, plus I have my extra ball and a half. I think I’ll knit the sleeves simultaneously and maybe have them a little shorter than the pattern intended, if I must.
I went through and frogged the vest yesterday. I planned to put a movie on, pull apart the vest (which would surely only take 20 minutes or so) and then spend the rest of the movie knitting. Um. No. It took me the entire movie, and then I still wasn’t done frogging. I was, however, cursing my woven in ends. Why did I do that so well? I had to rewatch a couple of my favourite scenes before I was done. Crazy!
Anyway! I’m about halfway through the yoke and it’s going much more smoothly. Except for the time I realised I was doing yarn overs wrong, so had to rip out all the lace around the neck, which I’d just finished. It was good though, because it really wasn’t looking much like lace.
I really love knitting – I miss it when I don’t have a project on the go!