Sweaters and Vests and Such

I still haven’t decided on a pattern. I think WH is ready to throw me out the door, because I might be whining about it a little bit. I will say that I am making lists of all of the ones you all commented about in Monday’s blog post, and dutifully looking them up. There is just no reason for this to be that big of a decision. In fact, I did decide I’d make a vest. Maybe a hoodie vest. But I can’t find a vest pattern I want to do. (I thought I saw a red hoodie vest photo somewhere, but now I can’t find it again.) I still want to make Marly’s Sweetheart Tunic, but not with the String Theory DK color that I have set aside for this KAL. Decisions, decisions. I’ll keep you posted. And you know what else I decided? We might need to keep the KAL deadline open a little longer than May 1st. I just know myself.

DSC03357In the meantime, check out this cute Colonnade Shawl that Elf Donna knit up out of Lorna’s Laces Worsted. I liked it ok in Knitty, but I love it in person. Donna was the one who first unpacked the Lorna’s Worsted when it came in, and she immediately nabbed some of it for this. Smart girl. Don’t forget to be voting on your favorite shawl from last quarter’s contest. We’re having fun tallying them up!

We’ve had boxes arrive by the truckload this week. Honestly, there wasn’t much room to walk in the front of the shop today, because it was so full.  I like days like that, and it definitely keeps the Elves out of trouble. By the time they get your orders out and unpack a few boxes, it’s time for them to go home. DSC03372One of the things that came in was our Madelinetosh Sock order. I walked right by the racks of these colors and pulled these three for myself. (And you just have to know, I have more sock yarn in my own stash than I know what to do with. Seriously. Do.Not.Need.More.) But how gorgeous are these? Well, they’ll be way more gorgeous when we take the official photo and put them up on the Loopy site for you. This was my quick, non-color-corrected point and shoot version. But go ahead – click on the photo and make it bigger, just to enjoy the full impact. (Color names, L-R: Plum Tree, Peony, and Shoreline.) We also had Skinny Bugga and Fiber Optic arrive, as well as a bunch of other things. We’re photo-ing as fast as we can and we’ll make sure these all get up in next week’s update.

Did you see all of the designers who are donating all or some of the proceeds from their Ravelry pattern sales to efforts that help Haiti? (And did you know that Ravelry is also donating its pattern processing fee for these patterns, as well?) It’s a great opportunity to get some of the patterns that you’ve been wanting, along with helping a good cause. Just go to the pattern section on Ravelry and click on the Help for Haiti link at the top of that page, if you’re interested. Seems like a good time to get a new sweater or vest pattern. If one could find “the one”….

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24 comments on “Sweaters and Vests and Such

  1. I hear ya on the the no mail Mondays. I forgot to set my alarm Monday night and overslept on Tuesday. And I slept for 9 hours! I never, ever sleep that long.

  2. So many patterns, and you still can’t find the right one when you’re ready! I’m glad to know that this happens to people other than me. :-)

  3. Question on the Colonade shawl: how many skeins, and what size needles did she use? I ask because the yarn the Knitty pattern calls for is 138 yds/100 gram skein, and Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted is lighter, at 225 yards/110 gram skein.

  4. I am behind……….but did you checked out the cardigan on Knitty. It is called Girl Friday.
    (Issue fall 09). Just thought I let you know……if you haven’t already.

    I am finishing up my Central Park Hoodie in Donegal Tweed ( orange ). And then my next is called
    Susie Hoodie from the book “More big girl knits.” Making it in Cascade 220 in a soft reddish
    heather.

  5. I love the colors of the sock yarn you picked out. I am a little surprised with the middle one that seems like a “Frank” color to me and I thought you were more “Martha”.

  6. I’m waiting on Anne Hanson’s new sweater pattern to be released. It seems perfect for the spring. I think she’s calling it Sprossling. Too cute for words. I think it’s close to release.

    I’m really looking forward to trying out the new Needlefood yarn when it comes in. I love that you’re so willing to try new lines.

  7. that Plum Tree sock yarn is gorgeous, such a great color medley, reminds me for some reason of a merry go round at the Jersey shore when I was a kid. I may be the only person in the universe whose yarn stash, knitted down over two years to currently just enough yarn for two projects, includes NO sock yarn at all–the last skein is actually a pair of two-needle gloves in progress.

  8. What about the Estes Vest? (Ravelry link) It has a hoodie sort of feel with those pockets, and the smaller sizes can be made with one skein of Cascade Eco Wool. (It’s been done. I might get a second just in case, and return it if I don’t need it, because I’m paranoid)

  9. I told you on monday that I made the Hey Teach, but I did not tell you that is a vest!!!. eliminated the sleeves because did not have enough yarn. It is a great pattern to do that. Or maybe I can’t do what they tell me to do and have to change “something”? Hope you decide on your sweater soon. The Tosh sock is beautiful, but all her yarn is. Looking forward to monday’s update.

  10. The Dream in Color Hoodie vest is cute. There are no Rav photos of it, but you might find one on their website. I started it in Madtosh worsted, but it was coming out too narrow so I changed to Tea Leaves instead. Also check out the Chic Knits Basic Hoodie Cardigan. It could possibly be a vest too. Urban Aran cardigan is also nice, and Redhook, by Jared F. And anything by Anne Hanson – her sweaters are wonderful!

    Good luck!

  11. Hey, I thought I had decided in the last post, but I’m still looking at sweater patterns too. I’m glad that you are, because it makes me feel like I’m in great company!

  12. Those yarns are gorgeous, especially when the picture is enlarged!

    Still haven’t made my mind up about a sweater (or I could do some socks…or a shawl…or a vest…or….). I’m so undecided these days.

  13. The Fall 09 Knitscene has a hoodie vest that’s cute…I think it would suit a variety of shapes and sizes. It’s on Ravelry – Heather Hoodie Vest.

  14. Love the shoreline color! But, I’m with you and I really don’t NEED any more sock yarn. Still thinking about the sweater I want to do for the KAL. Will do you stash exploration this weekend to see what kinds of sweater-quantity yarns I have to work with…..

  15. It IS hard to make a decision! After going back and forth myself, I’ve decided to do for this KAL, this design by Connie Chang, the Mountain View Cardigan http://www.conniechangchinchio.com/blog/2009/08/the-mountain-view-cardigan/.

    You can buy it on Ravelry where it is a Haiti charity design.

    It can be made in either Louet Euroflax sport linen for summer or Lorna’s Lace’s Shepherd Sock for a light winter into spring layer. The color I picked — or rather that had 6 skeins available! — is Manzinita, which looks to be a deep rose.

  16. I just wanted to add, I’m glad Sheri is considering extending this KAL into May. I love Connie Chang’s Mountain View cardigan but it’s a long cardigan and on size 4′s with sock yarn, I’ll really have to chug away on this one, eh? :)

  17. I don’t even remember the name of the book, but my favorite pattern is one that we had way back in the late 50′s or early 60′s that does in-the-round knitting to make several varieties of the sweater. My favorite is the crew necked sweater. I knit several of them, and I plan to dig out the pattern and try to modify it to use finer yarns, too.

    jc in wi