It's been several years and a couple of log cabin blankets since I dyed this yarn. When I came across this adorable baby coat, I thought it would be a perfect project to use up the last of my mountain aqua and natural balls of this yarn.
In addition to whittling down more of the left-over yarn in my stash, this project has given me the first item of the year to tuck away in my gift box. Now if someone would just hurry up and have a baby, right?
First off the needles for 2014 is another Bias "Before and After" Scarf. I started it while visiting family over the holidays and it was the perfect project to accompany me home on the plane -- a mindless knit with just one skein of yarn.
Mom's vest was gifted with needles this Christmas but once I could knit out in the open I was able to finish it up pretty quickly and she is wearing it today.
Mom loves it (black goes with everything) and it was a perfect fit!
I used Young Touch mercerized cotton by Estelle (probably discontinued by now I bought this yarn so long ago) and the pattern is SideCurl Cardigan Vest by Janet Szabo.
I made a few adaptations to meet Mom's preferences -- a plain stockinette back (rather than cabled) and no buttons on the front band.
I did find it very taxing to knit the cable pattern with black yarn (a strain on these aging eyes of mine) and it's hard to see the stitch definition from any distance, but it does make for a very classy looking vest and to repeat my mother, "It will go with everything!"
I got all excited about a month ago about knitting up dishcloths to have on hand for Christmas. The first cloth was knit up in no time but the second one lingered on the needles for several weeks. I finally finished it up last night. I folded and stacked them and tied them up with ribbon. It'll make a nice hostesss gift don't you think?
The pattern is Chinese Waves. I used AslanTrends Pima Clasico worsted weight cotton (white and red) in 6" X 6" squares on 4.5mm needles.
My second Easy Folded Poncho is complete and this time I added the cowl neckline. I like how the cowl turned out which is a good thing because while I was knitting 120 stitches for 8 " I had lots of doubts.
I wore it today while touring my neice around the North Bay -- Marin was where we started out when we first moved here and it was fun to go back and hike some of the old trails in the Marin Headlands.
Pattern: Easy Folded Poncho by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas
Yarn: Berroco Linsey (a cotton/linen blend). Love the way this feels but it does curl more on the edge then the Euroflax linen -- but it's soft and squishy and very warm.
The fog finally lifted and we caught sight of the Golden Gate Bridge on our drive home. But the wind was strong and I was very glad of the cowl neck to keep me cozy.
I'm in danger of making a lot more of these ponchos simply because they are so easy and such a handy project to have on hand for all those times you just want some mindless knitting to occupy you.
It is possible that some Rowan Summer Tweed might be the next Easy folded poncho -- might be a gift, might not.