I finished HizVest just in time to wear at Rhinebeck (report to follow soon). Since I like to do the pictures, I'll just focus on the vest here.
Having knit a favorite pair of socks in Blue Moon's colorway Mossly Manly, I fell in love with the shifting greys and yellowish greens, and knew I had to make this pattern in it as well.
The colors are a bit lighter in the Woobu, due to the way the bamboo takes the dyes. I still like it.
One of the draws of this pattern is that it even looks sharp when turned inside out.
If I hadn't tried to be smart and slip the first stitch in the back-and-forth sections, the ridge at the picked-up edges wouldn't be quite so pronounced. Live and learn.
A couple techniques new to me in this pattern:
Channel-Island Cast-On: I still don't know if I got it right, but it was pretty cool
Tubular Cast-Off: This was so ingenious. I am seriously tempted to do ribbing last on future projects because of the way it finishes. Get this: 1x1 ribbing finishes with a sort of double-knitting simulation, then kitchener stitch so that the ribs flow right over the edge into the reverse side. For a person who loves kitchener stitch, this is great news.
In my usual form, when not reading ahead very thoroughly didn't serve me well, I fudged it. This proved to be a nice take-along project, and I managed to work the cables without a cable needle using variations of pinch-and-slip techniques.
Just for fun:
My boyfriend and I scoped out Saratoga Springs because of a book we had read, and managed to work in the photo shoot during the process. Nice town. Despite appearances, I did not, and would not, pee in the street. I'm just sayin'.