The holidays are fast approaching, and I still haven’t blogged about a photo shoot we did clear back in OCTOBER! Guess I’ve just gotten so caught up in all the business of the holiday season and blogging has once again gone by the wayside. Before the holiday madness hit, we spent the last glourious autumn day having a photo shoot.
Over the course of the last year I became obesessed with vests like this one from Hello Yarn, and this one from BrooklynTweed. I am always so sure that I can whip up a design out of my own head, that I rarely bother to buy patterns (in spite of the fact that it would be so much easier to have the work done for me), so I worked up my own desgin based on these. (Though I will note, that I did end up purchasing Jared Flood’s fantastic Alberta pattern just to see how it compared with the one I struggled to create on my own…and mine was actually pretty close, I’m pleased to say!)
KnitWit’s version: Striped Noro Vests.
For my vest I used Noro Kureyon #95 approx 3 skeins and 3 skeins of Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride in Onyx.
The one thing I would change is the waist shaping I added. I DO think the waist shaping is necessary to give the vest a more feminine shape, but should I knit the vest again I would space the shaping rows out more. I placed my decrease rows too close together and thus my shaping was pretty severe…which has the unfortunate result of making the bottom of the vest bloom out like a puffed sleeve, accentuating an already not-so-flattering area of my torso…in otherwords, it’s shaped like a giant love handle and I really don’t need any help in that area!
Otherwise I’m pleased with how the vest turned out and I love the way the funky clown colors of the Noro work with the black to give the vest a funky look but not look totally overwhelming.
And because I have to keep knitting something until it’s perfected (in my eyes), the hubby got a vest too!
Mr. KnitWit’s vest was made from Brown Sheep Lamb’s pride again in Peacock and a color of Noro that I could not name, due to the fact that I lost the ball band ages ago…but it was black, gray, turquoise and had even a touch of burgandy here and there.
Here’s the hubs with little KnitWit in his tomten jacket.
The pics really don’t do the colors justice, the peacock is much brighter but works well with the Noro. It’s amazing to me how the bright colors can be so toned down by the darker tones, in my vest the solid black yarn, in the Hub’s case, the darker shades of the variegated Noro really tones down the brightness of the solid main color. I find the overall effect very pleasing and I think it looks great on the hubby.
Not to mention I love the versitility of a vest. It can be dressed up or down, with slacks or jeans (or in my case a skirt) and for the Hub, who is always hot, it provides that extra layer when the weather gets cool but isn’t as hot and overwhelming as a sweater.
I see more vests in his future!
There are a few more sweaters in my cue to blog about, but they will have to wait til after the holiday knitting is done. By then I may have a few more things to blog about. Til then, I wish everyone and safe, and joyous holiday and the best of all things in the New Year!