It's done and I LUV IT!
Right. I haven't written about it. So I knit me a Deep V Argyle Vest. Started it sometime in June and finished stitching down the steeks yesterday evening. In the pics you'll notice one of my new and fabulous swishy girly skirts. I've decided that I'm going to be a pretty skirt girl. So now I have a bunch. And the one in the pics is my favourite. I just want to twirl for hours in it. But then I get dizzy and stop.
But back to the knitting. After figuring out A. my gauge and then extrapolating that to B. what size instructions I should use (I stopped and started a couple of times as usual), the pattern was pretty easy breezy. Steeking is the coolest thing evers! And for the record, I did not require alcohol to aid me with my cutting. Just some lovely pink embroidery scissors and some patience.
I didn't really change anything. The only trickiness was working with the different yarns. The Rowan Tapestry is like knitting with Unicorn Hair (but easier to come by) and the Alpaca Silk is kind of slippery. But the Tapestry felts enough to make me confident that the Alpaca Silk will stay in place. I'm happy with how well the Hand painted Alpaca Silk combined with the Tapestry to create a somewhat readable pattern and that any colour pooling strengthens the look of the vest rather than making me want to tear out my eyes. Oh and I'm amazing cause I dyed the Alpaca Silk myself.
In other excitement news, I am making knitting friends and am about to meet people I have only known thru the internets for the first time evers! I am going to participate in a Knit Nite for the first time tomorrow night and am kind of nervous about it. This nice lady contacted my thru Ravelry to ask if I have ever particitpated and would I like to come to the next one. So off I go! My first knitting friend! Kind of exciting, yes?
But wait, there's more...
I signed up for Secret Pal 11 and got an email today from my Pal of Secrecy with some leading questions and fun Star Wars banter. Secret Pal combines two of my favourite things (well three), getting mailed packages of treats, surprises and knitting. It's like they were reading my mind when creating it! I'm terribly excited and I've only had an email so far. It's only going to get better and I can't wait!
I think I'll twirl off and make some dinner now...