November 10, 2009
Vest-membering during Vestvember
Say that three times fast!
I didn't have any plans to participate in Vestvember: so many of my friends are expecting, and I'm just swamped with baby knits for the next few months! No time for vests, not right now! Instead, take a look at my latest baby project:
It's the Archie Vest from Kristen Rengren's Vintage Baby Knits (my review/preview here). I know, it's ridiculously adorable :). I was fortunate to see this vest in person during Kristen's book tour, and it's even cuter in person.
It didn't even hit me that this vest would qualify for Vestvember until Maritza helpfully pointed out that it's... a vest!
The retina-scorching green is Madelinetosh sock in malachite. It's so bright that I think only a baby will be able to pull it off with grace. The white is Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in natural. Because I'm predominantly a Continental knitter, it's easier for me to hold the green yarn in my left hand, and the white, in my right. This leads to green being the dominant yarn. I would have preferred to make white dominant, but I know it would take me much longer to complete the vest if I did that. I figure, as long as I stay consistent, I should be good.
The similarity of my yarn colors to those in the book are a coincidence. Many of the patterns in Vintage Baby Knits, including the Archie Vest, use fingering-weight yarn. Fingering-weight yarn is always aplenty in this household, a condition which afflicts many, I'm sure ;). So, I just yanked two skeins from the stash that have been hibernating there without a purpose for a while, and that looked good together. And they happen to be similar to those chosen in the book.
I'm knitting the smallest size (3-6 months) so the baby will be able to wear the vest this winter. Though the pattern is written to be worked in pieces, I'm knitting it in the round until I reach the armholes. At that point, I will at least try to divide and work back and forth in rows. We'll see how painful that is... Elinor's recent post reminded me that steeking superwash wools is not impossible. Lorna's Laces with its 10% nylon content is really non-sticky, though. I guess I'll decide when I get there ;).