For making me want a pretty blog with pretty pictures of all my knitting. Also, for getting me motivated to take photos of finished objects and works in progress.
Currently I’m working on this gorgeous thing, by Jo Sharp, which has the truly imaginative name “Ribbed Vest”. It’s from her Book number 8: Eclectic, which was a birthday present from my very thoughtful step-mother. It has some lovely patterns in it.
However, I’m not using a Jo Sharp yarn, much as I love her stuff, because I got 7 balls of some discontinued Crucci DK Wool in a grape tweed for next to nothing on Ebay, and they are just perfect. I love the way the colours are knitting up.
The pattern calls for making the front, the back, and the yoke separately, and then seaming together. Ugh. Instead I’m knitting it as a tube on circs, and will split for the armholes, then knit the yoke section straight on from the back, and graft the shoulder straps onto the the neck line. Anything to avoid seaming pieces together.
I started about a week ago, and am knitting mostly during my commute to work. So I’m only just into the second ball, and haven’t started the waist decreases yet. I’m also thinking I might need to work in some bust shaping, either by adding extra stitches so that there are more ribs which act as darts, or by including short rows. I quite like the idea of adding extra ribs, a bit like Ysolda’s Snow White, but I think it might mean too much deviation from the original, whereas short rows will hard be noticable (to anyone but me).