Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Work in Progress Wednesday

are you sitting, Dee?

The last several days of very mild spring weather left me perplexed yesterday about what to wear to work. With temperatures in the mid-teens Celsius it's still not really short-sleeves weather, but long-sleeved sweaters are too warm and wintery. What I really need, I decided, was a vest. (And apparently, if you read Dee's blog, she came to the same conclusion yesterday). So I cast on this one that's been in my queue for ages with some Briggs & Little aran weight yarn from my stash. I have plenty of yarn so my plan is to make it about hip length.

There's a second reason for this vest; after weeks and months of sock knitting I have an urge to knit something with bulkier yarn on bigger needles. When you're trying to knit through your stash, progress can seem very slow on size 0 needles with fingering weight yarn. After binding off a pair of socks yesterday, the inclination to start another pair was entirely missing. Aran weight instead then.

Now as the Yarn Harlot has often observed it would have been better if the urge to knit this vest had arrived several weeks before vest-wearing weather. As a knitter I run the risk of finishing an aran weight wool garment at the most inappropriate time if the weather continues to get warmer. But spring is early this year, and if I knit monogamously on this project hopefully I can finish it with weeks of spring remaining.

So that's what I'm up to these days. Happy pi day! And Happy Birthday to my brother Mark! Be sure to check the links at Tami's Amis to see what everyone else is up to.

14 comments:

heather said...

Yep, bigger is definitely better when it comes to using up yarn! :-)

Elizabeth said...

Beautiful pattern! Can't wait to see how it knits up.

Amanda said...

I still think there is a possibility for an Easter snow storm despite how warm it is getting already. You might get to wear that vest once before summer hits!

Gemini said...

I've never seen that pattern before. It's going to look great in the colourway you chose. Looking forward to seeing your progress next week!

Pumpkin said...

Well you can always wear this lovely vest next year!

MWitch3 said...

I totally agree- some days I can't stand using finer yarn, because it seems so endless. A vest is a great idea.... I should pull out my vest WIPs now....

Dee said...

Oh WOW! That vest is GORGEOUS!!!!! And, you are right ... 180 degrees different from my vest.

I can't wait to see this one done. Knit, Lynn....knit like the WIND!

Andria said...

I really like that vest, and I think hip length is the way to go. Can't wait to see how it turns out!

Kepanie said...

That's a cute, lil' vest! Kind of like a circle one. I have a Plymouth pattern similar to that. You can always wear it w/a tank.
I hear you and the Yarn Harlot. I swear it's like I would have to knit stuff a season before it happens to be able to use them on time.
However, here in SF, we're known for fog so I'm mostly geared for that weather but when we have a hot spell here and there, I'm always scrambling for something to wear.

Chrisknits said...

Your desire to knit a vest right now is totally logical, to a knitter!! You knit so fast I know you will have a chance to wear it. Lovely pattern.

omlair said...

I've never been a vest wearer, but will be see how yours comes up!

Natalie said...

Ooh, that is going to be a beautiful pullover, look forward to seeing the finished item.

I so agree with the change in scenery. I love knitting socks, but I too love to have something exciting on my needles now and then, challenging, BIGGER!

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Sandy said...

Hey....wake up, keep knitting. Good luck with the project ...you against the calendar. Got my money on you.

ElisabethAndrée said...

That is really a gorgeous pattern! I am looking forward to your vest, will be beautiful!!