Friday, January 1, 2010

Day One

My front door ...too pretty not to share.

Finally we have some snow ... for the New Year at least. Carl has gone to work so once I have finished posting here I am off to finish his grey socks.

Thrilling news. Work on the Heritage vest progressed to this the last couple of weeks.

First I decided to crochet up the steeks and then cut them. As you can see I was being cautious and ended up with freaking huge steeks. The crochet line had to be removed and the steeks trimmed down to a more manageable size but I leave it here by way of pictorial explanation.

This picture should be right up there with Friday the 13th. Scissors AND knitting. It was very scary.
Washed and blocked at last I give you the back and the front. In reality it is a little lighter in colour. The wool is wet. I read an interesting article that said the beauty of Shetland wool is that it is "sticky," which is an excellent description. The wool has a fine halo, ergo, the stitches do not "run" like cotton.
The extra steek stitches had to be drawn out one stitch at a time. Well, now I know for next time. I doubt that I will steek again. This was meant to be a Heritage Vest so it is fitting that it was done in the traditional method. I am just to fussy about "ends."

He specifically asked for a deep "V" so he could wear a shirt and tie. Pictures "in situ" on the human to follow later.

My last completed project for 2009!

As soon as the yarn arrives for the Queen Susan Shawl pictures will be be posted here. I will leave the progress bar up for a while on the Heritage vest. I just want to revel in the 100% for a while.

P.S. If I have a fault or a weakness ( It depends on the situation) it is that I trust people. So I got a message on Ravelry from a woman who wanted some Opera cotton. The same cotton I used for my Welsh Daffodil Tea Cloth. Anyway the long and the short of it is I sent her a package with 5 balls of Opera cotton. Now she has deleted all her information from her Ravelry account and I am out about $40. in yarn and postage. I have her name and address and I would really like to think that she is sending me a money order. BUT saner minds prevail. Why did I think knitter's had more integrity than non knitters? More the fool I. So do I waste the money on another stamp and write her a letter? I do so hate being made to feel like an ass....again. I will never hear the end of this if Carl finds out.


One pair of Hands said...

I must say you are brave trying the steek thing. I don't think I would have the courage. The pullover certainly looks lovely.
So sorry your trust was betrayed. Some people are just not nice and she spoiled it for others because you may not be so trusting next time - and who could blame you. Hope you have a very Happy New Year.

Helen said...

The vest is stunning. Fair isle is one of the most satisfying styles of knitting, I think: I hope you feel very pleased with yourself.

I would have done the same thing with the Opera cotton. Mostly, I feel surprised that she was prepared to scrifice all the advantages of Ravelry for $40 dollars' worth of yarn. You can find people on Ravelry by Place - have you checked to see if she's registered again under another name?

Happy New Year too!

Susan said...

I did check Ravelry by place names. I am still holding out hope that my faith in my fellow man will come true. I am very happy with the vest. Thank you for the kind words. I am off today to buy some addi lace needles for the Queen Susan Shawl.