Wednesday, March 21, 2012

work in progress Wednesday




According to the five-day forecast our early glimpse of summer will end shortly and we'll be back in vest-wearing temperatures by Friday in Toronto. My goal then is to finish the vest by the weekend - that might be overly optimistic though. I've knit the body of the vest and am now working on the left front between the armhole and the neckline. But this is the tricky part because now I have to work back and forth in the established pattern while managing a complicated schedule of decreases at both ends of the needle. It's so easy to mess this up; I need to really pay attention to what I'm doing now. No more knitting with distractions until this is done, however long it takes.

Now that the right front and the back stitches are on waste yarn I was able to try it on. It fits quite generously. In fact I probably could have gone down a size, but I'm okay with the loose fit. I chose the tunic length to knit and that looks perfect - the bottom sits low on my hips which is just what I wanted. Seeing it on was quite a relief because I had a lot of doubts as I was knitting ... you know that feeling of dread that after knitting many hours and hundreds of yards the thing won't fit and you'll be ripping out and starting over? Reminds me of why I so seldom knit garments for myself. Anyway, dodged that bullet so far!

As always on Wednesday there's a link party at Tami's Amis where you can see an amazing range of projects and progress. Be sure to check them out!

21 comments:

pinkundine said...

It's looking gorgeous, but the next stage sounds really complicated! Fingers crossed it all goes without a hitch ;)

I know what you mean about relief once you can try something on and see that it will all be well - I had a similar experience a while ago and it spurred me to carry on after I'd pretty much given up on the project!

Dee said...

I know EXACTLY what you mean. That big brown vest of tragic doesn't fit all that well. I'm considering ripping it all out and doing it again to make it just > < that much wider.

Good luck with you vest. Hope you can get it done soon enough.

Pumpkin said...

This should turn out very well! I'm so glad to hear that the fit is pretty good, I always felt like vests should be a little loose.

Jen said...

That vest looks gorgeous! Good luck with the next part.

Sandy said...

WOW...I love all that texture. It's gorgeous!

Sandra said...

Work a pattern back and forth is not so dificult!
I already made my vest like this and I got it!
Your new vest will be very beautiful with this pattern!

MWitch3 said...

glad it's going well so far! hopefully it keeps going well and you'll be able to wear it soon :)

Kepanie said...

Such neat cables!
Glad it's turning out the way you wanted and expected.

steph said...

Vest is gorgeous! I'm a bit jealous that you've got some early spring temps to look forward to---there's no end in sight for the heat of summer here.

Pretty Mades said...

You need a medal for this one. It's looks so complicated! Gorgeous though.

I can't wait to see it finished.

I have yet to make myself a piece of clothing. Maybe one day eh?

Carolyn said...

It's looking gorgeous - can't wait to see the finished article - hope all goes well!

Janet said...

Love all the cables and ribbing on your vest. I've seen lots of cabling on projects today. Good luck on the next steps.

Leslie said...

What a beautiful vest!
The hat was a fun knit, I had never done something like this before.
Thank you for visiting.

Carolina22 said...

Gorgeous vest!

I'm also overly optimistic on how long it will take to finish something. Good luck - I hope you get it done by the weekend!

autumngeisha said...

The vest is looking great! Wonderful texture and color. That first try-on is always nerve wracking. So glad that the vest fits!

Michelle said...

The vest is looking lovely! I hope you are able to finish in time to take advantage of the cool weather! We're having a wildly early spring in Chicago, but are allegedly going to see 50F for the weekend.

Sarah said...

I love the cables. It's so gorgeous. I definitely understand the fear of it not fitting. I usually end up doing top down and try the poor thing on obsessively.

Sarah (Crafts From The Cwtch) said...

It's going to be stunning! Good luck on the distraction-free knitting.

I'll eagerly await the FO on this one x

Liz said...

The vest looks fantastic so far! Good luck with the next bit. I'm completely paranoid that nothing will be as big as I want and I'll run out of yarn when I'm making it :)

WildflowerWool said...

So glad you are happy with the fit of the vest. Good luck with the rest!

Marie/Underground Crafter said...

The cables look great!