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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

OK Assymetrical design, woowoo! This is my kind o'challenge. The front will have both vertical and horizontal stripes with a mitered base. Scoop neck too.
The back will echo the front but not a low neck. (the drawing is messy and the garment won't be sloppy, seriously).

 This is how I will knit it. You don't have to understand this, only to say that I am way excited to see this work up.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Cardivest revised design

Since I don't like seaming, I decided to make two identical 'backs' and join them thus, with a three needle bindoff. From here I will knit upwards to the underarm, separate the knitting into back, and two fronts and go on to the shoulders. I will again join the shoulder seam with three needle bindoffs.
Miraculously the yarn changed color at exactly the right spot, no planning on my part! That center yellow stripe is the bindoff seam.

 This is the back side with the visible bindoff. I worked up to 36 stitches. I think this will be a smaller size. But it could change with blocking.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Koigu etc.

I have a ton, seriously a ton of Koigu and similar yarns, so you are welcome to help me destash. I rarely use this yarn, and would love to see a finished work using it. Not interested in selling, just unloading. Can't beat that price.

 And in the garage I have more of this yarn, undyed, so it could quickly become the color of your choice, with a dyeing lesson combined.

And tons of sock yarn, which is the same weight. Let's use it up!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Vest Yarns

Vest Yarns
Here are some choices for your vest. I tried to find cotton, but mostly I didn't have much...there is some. And the vest takes DK weight which is also what qualifies these choices. Good luck trying to decide. They are all too yummy to work with.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Front Panel

Here's the front right panel with six diamonds, making it about 36" long. I used two creamy whites for the neck, one is silk.
 As you can see it is much longer than most of the vests I have made. I used one size larger needle to make this happen and I could reduce the length easily by removing the last set of diamonds.

I wish you could see how the combo of creamy yarns combine to make a matte and shiny stripe.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016


 I started this yesterday and by bedtime I was sure that I had veered down the wrong path. The multi-brown-gray was way too red and the variegated yarn that I used with it was too light and would draw attention to itself and would be right at your middle. So I ripped it out, and decided to keep to grays and cream at the end. 

 I have the most yarn in the darkest gray and will use that for the sides (underarms) and keep the diamonds in stripes up the fronts and back.

 I am much more confident that this will look elegant and will work for most ensembles.

Sunday, November 27, 2016


This first version was done all in Picasa, while the second one was done in Photoshop. The Picasa version was practically instant and not jaggedy edged. I like it better.


The first one has been brightened and the second one has not. Your choice.
As you know you can click on the image and it enlarges, twice.
Below the first one done in Photoshop and the second in Pinterest. I could clean that one up a bit more. Of course in Pinterest I am cropping and that squares up the sides. Won't work with an uneven quilt.

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