Sep 14, 2009

That Damned Vest... is Finished !!!

Hubbo celebrated his birthday on Saturday. It rained off and on all day. although we were disappointed that Stinkette's first softball game of the Fall season was cancelled, the weather was perfect for going to the movies. The girls saw Harry Potter while Bruce and I saw Inglourious Basterds. It was pretty good and totally what you'd expect from Quentin Tarantino. Icky, icky, icky but very well done.

Happily the weather cleared on Sunday and a little photo shoot took place. Doesn't he look happy in his new vest? He really does like it. I like that it's finished.


I have to say that the end result is a total success. The yarn, Elann Peruvian Highland Wool, is quite nice. It's soft and was very pleasant to work with. The color which is called Deep Blue Sea should be very versatile.


The pattern, Kathy Cheifetz' On The Go Vest, is also a winner. It's pretty easy and the only frogging I did was due to my inattention. If you pay attention to the pattern it's easy. I knit it exactly as written except for the addition of the grey stripe in the ribbing around the neck and the arms. Bru and I agree that this small mod adds a little something.

Perhaps I should admit here that way back when I first met Bru, one of the first birthday gifts I gave him was a Gap sweater. You must remember them with their deep V necks outilned with colorful ribbing. How appropriate that this vest should be finished just in time for his birthday.


So the big question would be "If the pattern is easy and the yarn is nice, why did it take 5 years to finish this vest?" My best excuse is that the miles of mistake rib that make this vest a winner just bored me to tears when knitting. It just seemed to go on forever.

It actually seems a little silly now because once I put my mind to it I was able to bang out the rest of the project with no problem. One thing that helped was the stitch minder on my iPod. I love it very much.


The bottom line is that this is a good looking vest that will be worn by my husband a lot. I'm so happy it's done!


Carole Knits said...

You look fabulous in your new vest, Bruce! Happy Birthday!

Anonymous said...

Great job! Better than the template from Knitter's.