Hey, hey! I knitted something! It only took me a year and it’s not a Honey Cowl (there have been 10 of those)!
This pattern is the Zigvest from TiKKi. It’s a beautifully written pattern, but boy did I experience some grief with it! All problems caused by my own inexperience and foggy mindedness, but I got there in the end!! I used some Luxury 8 ply yarn in Koala from Bendigo. This is a good, economical yarn…personally I wouldn’t wear it directly on my skin, it’s a bit too itchy for me, but I’m pretty picky about how fibers feel on my skin. Great for a vest that will be worn over other clothing though.
This vest is definitley the most advanced pattern I have knit. It was all good until I had to split for the neckline and then for some reason I just couldn’t get the zigzag pattern to continue properly all the way up to the shoulders. I tried at least 10 times to get the pattern to continue, with no luck. I even had help from my clever knitty friend and my Mum and I just couldn’t pull it together! I think that the main problem is that I left the vest unfinished at this point for many months because I had hit a roadblock, then every time I picked it up to try and finish it I became more and more confused because it had just been so long since I had worked on it!
I was determined to just finish the thing and my Mum suggested that I stop the zigzag pattern at the neckline and just knit some plain rows up to the shoulder seams in place of the pattern. I was a little apprehensive to start with as I thought it would end up looking tacky but the back of the vest is all plain and I don’t mind the look that I ended up at all. And….I FINISHED IT!
Tommy is so skinny that his chest measurement came in at the size for a 3 year old. I didn’t think to add length to the vest (duh!) and there was a growth spurt somewhere there in the 12 months that it took for me to finish it, so I don’t think we will get more than one Winter’s wear out of it. At least I have Harvey to hand it on to in a few years time!
As painful as it was to finish the vest off, the bulk of the knitting was smooth sailing – I was so proud of myself for getting the zigzag pattern to look as good as it does…not a bad effort for my first attempt! I did learn a lot, it is very wearable and Tommy loves it so that’s all that matters, right?!
So, now that I have finished this vest, I’m trying to decide what to cast on next…I have a strict “one knitting project at a time” rule which is great incentive to finish something off! I’m leaning strongly towards a shawl – maybe this one or this one. But I did just look through TiKKi’s patterns as I was linking to the Zigvest and am feeling tempted by her new Posy cardigan, or perhaps the Ferris Wheel or even something for me – maybe a Summer Festival or Lizzie cardi? Decisions, decisions…
Some knitting projects to share with you today… This Milo vest has been sitting waiting for two little ends to be woven in for 8 months! Ha! I did eventually finish it and luckily it was a little big for Lil back then because it fits her well now. Besides, it was too hot for her to wear it over the last 8 months anyway!
Such a great, quick and easy knit (super beginner-friendly if you are wanting to get into knitting) and I love working on circular needles. I used yarn from Bendigo – this one is Luxury 8 ply in Aquarium.
I don’t believe I’ve ever shared this Tea Party Skirt (pattern avaliable as a Creative Card) on my blog either. I think it’s about 2 years old and still going strong – skirts fit girls forever!
And I’ve got to show you Lil’s full outfit from last Sunday – we’re always a bit mismatched over here, and I love it that way! I’m sure that in a few years she’ll start deciding that colours and patterns have to “go together” so I’m making the most of her pulling together random clothing selections while she can get away with it!
Including heart-printed tights with her Saltwaters!
And this little Milo was knitted for the bambino (because he really lacks clothing!)
But I have seen some teeny baby boys wearing Milo vests and they are sooo cute that I had to make him one!
This yarn is also from Bendigo and is Alpaca Rich 8 ply in Rich Ocean. It is so small (I think I made the smallest size) that it was finished really quickly and used hardly any yarn…a great project to work on and add to the present box for other babies I think!
Lately I’ve been trying to decide on some new knitting projects to get ready for the colder weather and being stuck on the couch once the baby is born…so much great inspiration out there to choose from. I think I’ve narrowed my choices down to a couple of projects but wanted to share some of the beauties that have caught my eye. I’m sure many of them are way out of my skill level, but I’ll get there eventually!
I’d love to hear about your favourite knitting patterns/yarns…hit me with them!
Another Honey Cowl finished and gifted. I think I’ve just about worked through the last of the yarn I bought for Honey Cowl knitting. But that doesn’t mean that I’ll be stopping – it is the best gift! And I’ve got plans to have a go at knitting some multi-coloured striped cowls, I think they will look great!
This one was knitted using Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece in Pink-A-Boo.
I made it for this sweet girl who is leaving for London any day now to serve a mission for our church. I have had a lot to do with Lucy over the last few years and was privileged to be one of her youth leaders so am really excited to see her going on a mission and know she is going to be the best missionary ever!
I haven’t knitted anything in a few weeks but am itching to start another project. I don’t know what to tackle next though – any suggestions? What are your favourite knitting projects? I want to stock up on some yarn and patterns for post-baby couch crafting…let me know if you have any good suggestions!
If the vest isn’t enough, a couple of months ago Victoria also gave me some beautiful stitch markers that she had handmade…so much more inspiring to use than the saftey pins I’d previously been using as stitch markers!
And here they are in action on a little Milo Vest I started the other night.
Thanks Victoria! Make sure you check out all the beautiful things that Victoria knits on her Facebook page…so much talent and inspiration!