This is my second project for the Big Bang Theory Knitalong over on the luvinthemommyhood forum. I've mentioned how it has been in my queue for a knitter's eternity.
Well, now it's not. Friends, my queue is down to a manageable three pages, only one of which I think I'll actually make. But, here's the thing, I really think I'll make that first page.
I used size 2.5 needles for the body and 1s for the ribbing. The yarn is 4 skeins of Stroll Sport in Jackrabbit. Since it's a machine washable wool blend, I knit it to fit. I know from experience that yarns like Stroll can grow when blocked. It's just easier for me to wash and dry them rather than knit a tiny version of the sweater I want in the hopes that, after hand washing, it will block out to the correct size. I tried it on several times in the making, using an extra long circular, just to make sure it fit and the armholes weren't too deep.
I don't think I modified a thing with this vest. I followed Teresa Gregorio's project notes for Sexy Vesty exactly because I wanted a size 35". It just sort of made itself.
Now, let me talk about Teresa. She designed Lady Bat, which I made for myself and my daughter last summer. She also designed Knight Service (which was so far ahead of the bejeweled/ studded shoulder trend it's ridiculous.) Most recently I saw she release Dendrochronology with Knit Picks. I want a cashmere wrap sweater!!
I won a copy of her Ghosts ebook last year and I can't say how refreshing it was to read a pattern ebook so unlike any I had read before. I have many epatterns and love them all. But Ghosts was special in that it started with patterns, then went off on a really fun tangent. She's not only a great designer, but she also tells a good story.
Her most recent collection, Hinterland: Autumn, is inspired by her childhood spent in the Carolinian forest. After looking through her suggested reading list, I realize two things: 1) I need to make Rustling Ruffles from some indie dyer's yarn, because I can afford that small amount. 2) I need to go to Canada. I've been planting that idea in my husband's head via inception for some time now. We're swimming in wool sweaters here for a reason!