I got to the good part (finally!) on the vest….I thought the ribbing would last forever!
And I love it! Its really a lot of fun – I love seeing how the pattern develops. And I have to say – I really like the yarn (Knit Picks Palette). Its so soft and wooly – I think its a great yarn. And I really love the colors – I usualy just wear a lot of black, so it will be nice to have something a little different.
I know the picture looks like the vest is puckering – but its just bunched up on the needles and I’ve been very careful to make sure the floats are loose. I hope they are loose enough (I’m paranoid now that I’m looking at the picture – the last thing I need is a vest that doesn’t fit me – but it is realy stretchy so I should be ok – like how I just talked myself around that?). I taught myself to knit continental when I knit the fair isle tam so I could knit with yarn in each hand – but on the vest I’m just knitting with the yarn in one – I drop the one, pick up the other. The pattern works for that, and I’m clipping along so I decided not to hassle with doing it two-handed. I just don’t enjoy knitting continental – I think its just what I’m used to, and I don’t know that doing two-handed is faster since I’m so awkward about it. And to be honest – I’m enjoying knitting this so much that I don’t care that it takes a little longer – sometimes its just about the knititng!
I really love doing fair isle – getting to the next color is always so exciting, and so far its going well. I’m so glad that Rebekah posted about this kit!
On the other knitting front – I decided that I wanted to finish the Van Dyke socks. I don’t know if I posted about this, but I knit one of the socks, and then couldn’t find the other skein of yarn to make the secone one. I found it in Ravelry, and asked the owner if they would consider selling – she said no at first – and then contacted me a week or so later and sold it to me. I started it yesterday and I’m half way up the foot (gotta love sportweight socks!). I’m happy to be making socks – the shawl was just too big to take on the train, and was crowding my briefcase, so I think I’ll stick with socks for a while.
I’ve been really stressed out lately – work is absolutely crazy, and the kids are back in school which leads to more stress. I’m trying to learn to manage the stress, spend more time knitting, and just relax – on Saturday I’m going to look at a yoga place to talk to them. I’ve never done yoga but the school has a beginner’s program, so I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to do this without looking like an ass (or hurting myself!). Everyone that I speak to that has done yoga loves it, and tells me how it helps with stress, so I decided to give it a try. Because all this stress is keeping me awake at nights and making me crabby – which leads to more stress. And so on.
Its starting to get cool here – last week I even wore a raincoat! I love autumn, and I’m looking forward to cooler weather. Time for sweaters and socks – so nice! OK, time to go knit so I have some new socks to wear – have a great rest of the week.
How about a Penny update – 4 weeks!