If Penny’s Cheesecake Factory vest was in a neutral color… if it was lace instead of stockinette… and if it had me in it instead of Kaley Cuoco… this would be it.
Well, now it’s not. Friends, my queue is down to a manageable three pages, only one of which I think I’ll actually make. But, here’s the thing, I really think I’ll make that first page.
I used size 2.5 needles for the body and 1s for the ribbing. The yarn is 4 skeins of Stroll Sport in Jackrabbit. Since it’s a machine washable wool blend, I knit it to fit. I know from experience that yarns like Stroll can grow when blocked. It’s just easier for me to wash and dry them rather than knit a tiny version of the sweater I want in the hopes that, after hand washing, it will block out to the correct size. I tried it on several times in the making, using an extra long circular, just to make sure it fit and the armholes weren’t too deep.
I don’t think I modified a thing with this vest. I followed Teresa Gregorio’s project notes for Sexy Vesty exactly because I wanted a size 35″. It just sort of made itself.
Now, let me talk about Teresa. She designed Lady Bat, which I made for myself and my daughter last summer. She also designed Knight Service (which was so far ahead of the bejeweled/ studded shoulder trend it’s ridiculous.) Most recently I saw she release Dendrochronology with Knit Picks. I want a cashmere wrap sweater!!
I won a copy of her Ghosts ebook last year and I can’t say how refreshing it was to read a pattern ebook so unlike any I had read before. I have many epatterns and love them all. But Ghosts was special in that it started with patterns, then went off on a really fun tangent. She’s not only a great designer, but she also tells a good story.
Her most recent collection, Hinterland: Autumn, is inspired by her childhood spent in the Carolinian forest. After looking through her suggested reading list, I realize two things: 1) I need to make Rustling Ruffles from some indie dyer’s yarn, because I can afford that small amount. 2) I need to go to Canada. I’ve been planting that idea in my husband’s head via inception for some time now. We’re swimming in wool sweaters here for a reason!
Ah, I cannot say how good it feels to have completed two projects for my KAL, especially one that I have wanted to make for years.