Sunday, June 15, 2008

Making good on a gift

This post is to inform you all that I am still alive and there has been some knitting going on too. For about 3 weeks now, I have been working 10-12 hour days six days a week. Why all the hours? Well, I am sort of behind at work for one and two, the dealership group that I work for, they are consolidating all four accounting offices into one location. With that said, part of my work is going to be handed off to another person and I will be doing more of one specific part of my job. So in preparation for the move, I have been working long hours to make everything go as smooth as possible. July will be a much better month, I can feel it!

As for knitting content, I am making good on a long awaited present. Let me give you some background. The first Christmas that I knew how to knit (2 seasons ago) I was on a felting spree. I made a pair of Felted Clogs (Ravelry link or blog link) for my Grandmother. Well, I stupidly while making the first pair, said that I could make Sensei's dad a pair for Christmas too. What I didn't know when I opened my big mouth was that I would come to HATE that pattern. I mean they are great once they are done, but the whole knitting experience is horrible. I made only one of his dad's clog/slippers and never did the other one. In fact, I don't even know where the first knitted one is at the moment it has been that long. Needless to say, Sensei has pretty much never let me forget that I was knitting his dad something which never was completed, every chance he got. So with the up coming Father's Day, I decided to make good on a knitted gift, but NOT clog/slippers!!
So here is a basic knitted vest using Ann Budds The Knitter's Book of Handy Patterns.

Ravelry details here. I LOVE this book and Ann Budds The Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns. They have been so useful in my knitting projects, I highly recommend them.

Pattern: Basic Vest Pattern
Size: 44" Chest Circumference
Materials: Cascade 220 Heathers 2427
Amount: 4 hanks heather brick red colorway 2427
Started: June 2008
Finished: June 2008

Ok Sensei, it is time to let it go now. No more felted slipper comments comments or I will be forced to post the picture of you wearing my fuzzy pink slippers!


  1. That turned out great!! I would much rather wait two years and get a vest than felted slippers :) Great job!

  2. The vest is SO lovely and special! It's a beautiful color too!

    I'm just disappointed we can't see Sensei in fuzzy pink slippers! LOL!

  3. What a great vest! I'm glad you highly recommend that book, because I had seen it many times and because I wasn't sure about it, passed it by. Now I think it will have to be revisited!

    And I absolutely get what you mean about the felted clog pattern! Awesome pattern and fun-fun at first...then a PITA when you have to keep track of all the short-rowing! I swear I would loose track and have to frog back on nearly every clog I did. I think there was only one or two that never had to be frogged. I think I made 3 or 4 pair total-and never one for myself! Of course, that's why I'll be making ME some loafers!