Saturday, October 06, 2007

FO Flashing!

Well as promised I would give you all the full details of my latest knitting as soon as it was finished and here you have it! It was finished last Tuesday/Wednesday and I'm pleased with it - it really is warm but being such a heavy chunky wool has given me a case of Knitters Elbow with my left elbow and wrist being painful. So there was no knitting for a few days to ease the ache!
The pattern comes from N.Y. Yarns but mine has been modified due to lack of yarn. The original had a fold down collar which I didn't do. Instead I did some short row shaping around where the collar would have been and I also added another button hole to stop the from gaping open quite so much. In these pictures there are only 3 buttons because I didn't buy enough (typical!).

I went to visit Mum for her birthday the other week which was the perfect chance for a photo shoot! Mums treat was a pic-nic to a local beach, Black Rock Sands, where we had chip in the camper van. We had a great time going for a walk as well even if it was a wet and blustery day.

And I even braved the weather to 'flash' my FO!!


Mum called this my 'Norman Wisdom' pose!

Well in my defense it was cold and wet!!

Here's a 'normal' pose for you! It had a brilliant test drive on the beach - it's lovely and warm and cosy and I've been wearing it loads since! Definitely a success which I'll be knitting up again but will try and spin enough for a collar as well next time!

Sorry it's a bit short and sweet this time. I'm feeling a bit anti-computers lately and have been avoiding it a fair bit. Yes, even avoiding Ravelry. No Computers, no blogging, no Knitting even - what's come over me? I think it's a case of the blues right now but DH has promised me a week away at my Mums without Emily at some point in the near future!!!! Bless him, he's good and I certainly feel due to escape and switch off for a while! Right I'd better go and get ready for week 2 of my course - so far so good. I promise I will try and be a good blogger this week and attempt to catch up with all your blogs ASAP, thanks for sticking with me!

Edited to add: The yarn I used was my own chunky handspun Merino/Silk from the giant batt I got in WoolFest. I'd decided to set myself a challenge of spinning enough yarn for a garment and knitting it up before the 31st October as that will be a year from when I first had my spinning wheel and I thought it would be a good way to see how much Id learnt in that time! I am really pleased with the result and the thought of spinning for garments now doesn't seems as daunting anymore!

22 comments:

Queen of the froggers said...

The vest looks lovely! I think that the dark days coming hasn't helped with moods. I am sure that the break will do you the world of good. make the most of it!

Charity said...

Very nicely done!

Sarah said...

You make a very happy flasher! Great job on the vest; glad to hear you're getting wear from it.

Piglottie said...

I love your vest! The yarn is gorgeous - loving the poses :)

I find I need a break from the computer world everyone now and then, and in fact have cut down how much time I spend online lately and feel much better for it.

von said...

Wow! Well done. The top is really lovely :oD

artyfartykat said...

I saw on the news about a flasher in Wales! If only I'd known!
The vest looks brill, the handspun colours look great, well done you!
I know I haven't spent much time this week on the net, but sometimes it feels as though I'd get twice as much done if I keep away from the computer!
Hope you are able to have a solo break at your mums! It will recharge your batteries, Norman!!

Artis-Anne said...

LOL I totally love that piccie of you , such fun , as was the day. Thanks cariad :)
Get spinning the white stuff ready for your crafting holiday ahead sans Emily :)

KnitYoga said...

Your vest looks absolutely wonderful! It must be a great feeling thinking that you have spun all the yarn for it. That's very impressive and makes me feel extremely guilty as I got a spinning wheel last Xmas and haven't touched it yet!!!! I must, I must, and your very successful efforts are spurring me on!

Mrs J said...

A great cosy knit!Just right for the shortening autumn days.

Seahorse said...

The top is really gorgeous - I love the pose!

Jo said...

It looks great Kath, my silk merino batt from woolfest beckons to become a garment at some point!

clarabelle said...

The vest is fantastic on you! And great photos!

Yes, it's good to have a break now and then; you get a rest, but it makes you appreciate everything so much more....

Riggwelter said...

The waistcoat looks lovely and warm, well done you!

Dipsy said...

Oh my gosh, this vest is ever so beautiful - and so are you! I absolutely love these photos, and you certainly did a fantastic job with the vest! Congratulations!

Christina said...

The vest looks fantastic, so funny photo too!! (the norman one that is!!)

feltedfibers said...

love the waistcoat and the pictures are brilliant. Isent it a wonderful feeling when wearing something you have made from the raw fleece?
If you can spare a day whilst with Annie come over and have a fiber play, would be lovely to catch up with you both.

Helen said...

Great pics! Love the waistcoat.

RoxyKnits said...

Crumbs.....avoiding Ravelry - things must be bad then ;)

Great FO!

dreamcatcher said...

Lovely vest, great photos! Enjoy your break, we all need one from time to time :-)

Cherry Rolfe said...

Great vest and brilliant photoshoot! What better reward than chips in the camper van - I am soooooooo jealous!

acrylik said...

Wow, absolutely love your vest, it's beautiful. It's good to catch up with you - you take care of yourself and enjoy your "me" time. Believe me, life is so much better when you don't let the computer rule it! {{hugs}}

Kendra said...

The top looks really lovely. I can't believe you spun the yarn as well! It is really impressive.