Finished: Ivy League Vest2 October 2008
Yarn: Knit Picks Palette (fingering weight wool), from stash
Needles: Addi Turbo US 4 16″ circular
New techniques learned: steeking!
It’s a strange thing: I never had any intention of knitting a vest. But somehow, one day, I saw a picture of this vest on the most addictive website ever and thought two things:
1. That’s pretty cool.
2. I have that pattern.
Then I had the critical third thought:
3. Hmmm, I think I have some Palette in my stash. Maybe I should go look…
…and the next thing I knew, I was sitting on the sofa with an inch of corrugated ribbing on my needles and a dazed expression on my face.
For perhaps the first time in my knitting life, I worked on one project exclusively from start to finish. I was hooked; the shaping, the fair-isle patterns, the steeking…my God, the steeking! What an experience. It took me 27 days from cast-on to unpinning the blocked vest.
I wore the vest to work on Tuesday and really enjoyed it. It’s warm, fairly flattering, and well-fitting; I wanted to wear it on Wednesday as well! I have nothing but kind words for the pattern: it is well-written and extremely detailed. I’d knit this again, perhaps in a different color scheme.
In short: love love love this one!