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.
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.
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.