Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Alberta Vest -and my first giveaway!

The vest that helped me usher in the new year is completed!


When my friend Aaron sent me his purple handspun yarn, I was immediately smitten with its beauty and knew it deserved special treatment. I love that part of the knitting process when I get to imagine what a yarn wants to be, and this was definitely one of those moments that found me just a bit obsessed.


My boyfriend gave me wonderful color advice as I pored over the yarns at the shop, and I ended up choosing SHELTER and its fingering weight counterpart, LOFT. I love how it turned out. The lateral stretch during blocking worked nicely, so it fits much better than it did when I last posted.

vest back


The photo shoot took place in some bitterly chilly wind, and I found that the vest helped keep me insulated quite nicely.  Then when I stepped inside a toasty restaurant to fill up on warm food, I found myself still comfortable.  I definitely want to use these yarns again!

Here's a view of the inside of the steeks:


When I posted earlier about the steeks, Ted Walsh requested an in-depth post on the crocheted steek.  I had once taken a class that included a quick introduction to steeking, but I needed a refresher. I found a very detailed tutorial on Eunny Jang's blog that helped me through the whole process. I'd recommend you do a search and see what she has to say, as I strongly doubt I could do any better than her.  

Toward the end of last week I was facing the daunting task of working in a couple extra purple stripes in the body of the sweater, and I am pleased with the result.  I have been working my way through The Hunger Games trilogy, and found grafting a difficult task to dovetail with reading; it probably would have been easier to just rip back from the bottom and add a few more rows above the ribbing.  But I had already committed myself, and it was a fun - if not slow - challenge.  I guess it's one of these "because I can" moments.

vest frontish

So, Because I Can, I'd like to hold my first ever blog reader giveaway as a token of my thanks to you friends who have taken the time to stop by and read and spread a bit of love.

When I did my sweater surgery, I added two more purple stripes to the sweater to give it more length.  That leaves a total of twenty purple stripes in the body of the sweater before the steeks break them up.  The quiz question is this: which two stripes are the new ones? The bottom purple stripe (nearest the ribbing) would be the first, the purple stripe above that would be the second, and so on.  Leave your answer in the comments by 6 p.m. EST on Wednesday, January 25th, and the best answer or two gets a purple prize from my stash. In the event of a tie, I'll resort to one of them random number generator thingies.


  1. Love the vest! :-) It just looks perfect for you!

    I'm going to opt for stripes 13 and 14 as being the "new guys". Thanks for doing this give-away, great fun!


  2. Beautiful sweater and a lovely fit.
    Ron in Mexico

  3. Beautiful! Great Work!

  4. My Guess is rows 19&20! They look like they could be from a different part of the same yarn, right? No? I;ll just be on my way then... I love how it all came out regardless :)Fantastic job!

  5. Great Job! Love the colors and it looks great on you! I need to try a vest sometime, though it won't look as good on me as it would on yourself. Thanks for sharing your work, and Aarons as well! Barry ;o)

  6. Wow! Your vest looks amazing, and also looks very handsome on you as well! I'm going to say the new stripes and numbers 16 and 17. Again, great job!

  7. 20&21? :)


  8. Ugh, I don't know why I'm putting so much thought into this! I've been looking at the pictures all day! Perhaps it's just because I love the vest! Seriously, it looks incredible. I've had that pattern in my queue ever since it came out and you make it look so good! Show off. I pick stripes 5 and 6 as the new ones, but I have no idea why. I eventually gave up trying to notice your impeccable seaming skills and just pointed.

  9. I'm gonna go with 15 and 16, this one is tough. You did such a great job, nobody would know!

    BellyLaugher on Rav :-)

  10. Well, I was going to say 15 and 16, but Christine beat me to it! So... 14 and 15 it is.

    Thanks for the fun posts!

    (slink on Ravelry)

  11. i am going to guess, 19 and 20 too...as it makes the most sense. the vest is incredibly beautiful...and I am awe in your brave steekery (new word !) I have been knitting for over 50 years and have never had the courage to cut my knitting...congrats on your accomplishment!

  12. So much to say and so little space. Hello there lovely friend I'm still here just been busy - sorry :)

    You have seriously done the most beautiful job with this vest ! The colours are faves of mine so total lust there and the fit & styling is perfect -> so well done to you !
    Next -> you work at LOOP now, oh stop my beating heart ..more lust! I'm sure you don't get a pay check you'd spend it all there..lol I know I would, yarn is a drug.
    Say hi to the boyfriend from me .)

  13. That vest is amazing!!! So unbelievably beautiful!!! Amanda sent us over! That my friend is some talent!! Come over and check out our blog, we are just getting into fiber, spinning and knitting to start with. We also just got a small flock of pygora goats and can't wait to spin for the first time! Thanks for the inspiration! We're following you.