Tuesday, October 02, 2007

I'm in luuuuuurveeeeee....

Yarn: King Cole Merino DK (100% merino wool) in grey
pattern: Gilet sans manches No 468-T6-636 from Phildar Tendances Spring 2007
needles: 3.75/4 mm bamboo straights

Phildar could really use some help in the old "creative naming" department, couldn't they? Gilet sans manches? What is that? sleeveless vest? duh. Never thought I'd see the day where I was finding French-Canadian French easier to understand than French-French -- if that makes any sense. Babelfish translates that as "waistcoat without handles". Note to self: never use babelfish again. Though it would explain some of the crazy Japanese emails we've been getting lately about certain ebay record purchases...but anyway. I am officially re-naming this here grey beauty my "old man vest". Because it does have that certain lived in/borrowed quality to it. Or maybe I should call it my "Kurt Cobain vest"?

And, I love it! This may be the first garment I'll actually get some wear out of.

For those of you complaining there aren't enough photos of yours truly, prepare for the onslaught these next couple posts! And what's this? A sneak peek of the finished angora mittens? Yeiss (said in mock flight-of-concords-kiwi-esque-style agreement):

Anyway, this was a totally easy knit. Boring, really. HOWEVER: seaming it together? a.n.n.o.y.i.n.g. Though, I must say I was pretty proud of my seaming job this round...I guess it gets easier. All the ribbed band around the armholes and the body was knit seperately and then seamed on. And is this weird?:

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Once you finished knitting the ribbing, you were then instructed to knit several more rows of stockinette in a different colour. Then after you've attached it all you just unravel it all out. Now, I haven't done a lot of seaming in my short knitting career, so maybe this is par for the course. It really did help it terms of being able to see the stitches I was seaming together, but I also found it a little bit unnecessary.

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SO much pinning! I think I stabbed myself about forty times.

Up next: the angora mittens and the joys of cross-border shopping now that the Canadian dollar is on par! woot woot---screw you amazon.ca and your pre-printed Canadian book prices...amazon.com our love affair is on again!


Miss Muffy said...

Yay! Pictures! Sweet vest! I don't understand that extra contrasting knitting either. Wouldn't it have made more sense to just pick up stitches around the edge for the border?

Jealous of your cross-border shopping already!

Reckless Glue said...

yes, and I totally thought about picking up the stitches as I was knitting but by then I had already committed to the "new" way. I have to say, it is a lot flatter/smoother than it would have been if I'd picked up the stitches (but maybe that's because I am *also* bad at that too!)

Sarah said...

Yey! Old man lady vests without handles are where its at. Great job :)

Glad you like the bag pattern; you've thrown so many great ideas my way lately it's nice to return the favour.

Virtuous said...

Love your old man vest! Very laid back, I likes!

I can't believe how they had you seam it! Wierd...But very nice job!

Reckless Glue said...

thanks everyone--I'm pretty happy with it--in fact I'm wearin' it right now! --my old man vest goes great with my cane and bifocals. hahahaha

lomester said...

LOVE the vest. I need to dig up that copy out!

adding it to ravelry...