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Friday, October 7, 2011

focus friday. finished. in the nantucket vest. which I really finished on tuesday. and wore on wednesday (and thursday :-) but saved to blog til today (so I could write one of those very cool alliterative blog titles).

when I wrote last weekend about having a day's more work to do on this piece, I thought I might be over-estimating a bit. turns out, not so much. I finished the back piece - 60 stitches wide x 13 inches long of straight stockinette - sunday evening, but one look at the body and all those ends to weave in... I put it into timeout. it sat there all day monday while I started my creature comfort cardi, feeling no guilt because both those projects were on my october list. and then tuesday morning I had a burst of energy and decided to start the finishing.

it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be. I took my time getting the pieces pinned together. and even stopped for a try-on (and a photo :-) before I put my crochet hook to work.

turns out seaming with a crochet hook is pretty painless. I had the two seams done and nearly all the ends finished in about two hours. one more hour that evening and it was ready to block.

I followed my usual routine - soak for 20 minutes (holly enjoyed her walk!) and then lay out to dry. taking a photo at this point helped me get the oval more-or-less even. I turned the fan on high and left it til morning.
I pulled out the points just a tiny bit and evened up the edges along the back

wow! I knew it fit from the try-ons while I was knitting, but the finished piece is fabulous! I'm going to get a lot of wear from this one... tomorrow I'm planning those same cropped jeans and a dark gray long-sleeved t-shirt (the weather is finally turning a bit cooler).

nantucket vest finished
many thanks to martha for the photos (and the fresh flowers :-)

nantucket vest finished

project notes - raveled here - I followed shelley's pattern as written except for the yarn substitution (and the do-over :-). this was my first time knitting with maggi's linen and I think it's perfect for the pattern. love that it shows off all the stitch detail, while maintaining the integrity of her suggested 100% cotton yarn (maggi's is a 48/52 linen/cotton blend).

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

You did a fantastic job of crocheting that together and it looks great on you. You're so darned cute!!

Friday, 07 October, 2011  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow! that is really gorgeous. i love that color on you and what an intricate pattern. very nice!

Saturday, 08 October, 2011  
Blogger Carole Knits said...

That looks great!

Saturday, 08 October, 2011  
Blogger Patty said...

What a beautiful project Mary! You wear it well!

Sunday, 09 October, 2011  
Blogger Kym said...

So beautiful! And it looks FAB on you -- great color and style. :-)

Monday, 10 October, 2011  
Blogger Honoré said...

What a fun, fantastic and different piece. So great to see it *done* after that not too fortuitous start. Looks stunning on you. Congratulations!

Tuesday, 11 October, 2011  
Blogger Lydia said...

this came out great-makes me wish i was about 6" taller!

Tuesday, 11 October, 2011  

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