Dove Knits

Thursday, January 31, 2008

I couldn't come up with a witty title today

First off, I've been entering blog contests like crazy -- hey, why not? Most recently, I entered one at House of Wool. Go play, and be sure to let the world know you heard it from me :)

And now, a story:

There once was a girl -- for the sake of the story, let's call her "Dove" -- who hated vests. "How pointless!" thought she. "My arms would get cold, and who wants that?" She particularly hated those Christmasy button-down applique vests (of which her mother once thoughtfully sent her TWO, so she could match her grandmother-in-law, and which now resides at the local Salvation Army, but that's another story and not one fit for this blog). But a close second were sweater-vests, which were just too dorky or too preppy for her tastes.

(The fact that she was a cell biologist and, therefore, entitled to a dorky wardrobe, somehow eluded her.)

And then one day, she met a vest pattern and fell in love. Her husband did not approve of the affair, calling the vest "ugly," most likely in a fit of jealousy, because when was the last time she looked at HIM like that?

But really, it was hard not to fall in love with this pattern. The gorgeous center cable -- "Dove" may hate vests, but she loves cables -- and the fact that the designer actually made the flanking cables mirror images. The twisted-stitch baby cables. And the basketstitch made such a lovely alternative to trinity stitch or moss stitch while being both interesting and quick to work. The square, deep neckline was what really sold her, though. Finally, here was a vest that looked cool. (Incidentally, it was the neckline that repulsed the husband -- he claimed it looked too much like a tank top.) Of course, there was still the functionality aspect of the thing, what with the arms getting cold and all, but "Dove" no longer cared. She was in love, after all!

Anyway, "Dove" and the vest pattern eloped (while the husband was conveniently out of town) and had a lovely vest together, with the help of Knitpicks Mainline (conveniently residing in "Dove's" stash until then). And if "Dove" and the vest can manage to love each other despite their general differences, then everyone else can, too.

The end.

(Pattern:Aran Accent Vest from Paton's Cables booklet.
Yarn: Knitpicks Mainline in Cocoa, 80% cotton/20% wool, just under 9 skeins.
Size: XS, and I am NOT an xs. And yes, I'm dead-on gauge. It's just the vest is very stretchy.
Needles: size 5 for ribbing, size 7 for the body.
Modifications: none
Comments: very straightforward pattern, nicely charted, no mistakes. Very quick to make, too -- this took a week from casting on to finishing, and that's with two nights devoted to the the circle cardi)

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At 12:40 PM, Blogger Susan Pandorf said...

I'm glad you found me too - nice vest,babe...


At 9:35 AM, Blogger Amanda said...

Your story made me smile. Thank you, I needed that. :) Your vest is so nice!

At 10:33 AM, Blogger Sarah said...

I too never was into vests - I don't really get the point either, and if you don't wear them right, they look weird. I made "Ms. Marigold" (along with everyone else) - and when i finished I was like, "What am I going to do with this?" I think it looks weird over other sleeved shirts, and it's alpaca, so not really a summer tank top. Oh well.

I'm glad you got over your fear of vests though! Those cables are quite mesmorizing. Excellent job!

At 11:52 AM, Blogger The A.D.D. Knitter said...

I don't fancy myself a vest person either, but that one is stunning! Love the backyard photo shoot:)

At 6:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm in lust for your vest ~ two of my favorites: cables and Brown. Very, very lovely.

Thanks for entering my contest ~ I'm having alot of fun with it and will definitely do it again ... it's been fun to check out blogs I've not visited before.


At 6:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh, and the vest looks really nice on you, too!


At 3:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh that's definitely worth cold arms!

At 8:54 AM, Blogger Bonnie said...

There is nothing dorky about that vest! The cables are stunning, and the color is perfect.

At 4:12 PM, Blogger craftivore said...

Holy cow, another beautiful piece. You are going to have a styling winter. Vests make great layering pieces, wear a light sweater under it, I have a new found love of vests and yours is gorgeous.

At 1:24 PM, Blogger Sarah said...

Don't be scared of doing home improvement projects! My husband was so paranoid about the tile project, he thought we would screw it up. But as a crafter, you know that most of your things turn out well - and you can improvise to fix them if things go awry. Yay for self-confidence!

At 5:05 PM, Blogger craftivore said...

By the way, I tagged you with you make my day award.

At 12:43 AM, Blogger KR said...

that "dove" is one lucky chica ;)

At 10:04 AM, Blogger Sourire11 said...

Cute story! and even cuter vest - not dorky at all!

At 8:30 AM, Blogger Stephknits3 said...

Beautiful work! You have a gift for writing blog entries. I am so glad Dove and the pattern found each other! Thanks for giving me a chuckle!

At 4:40 PM, Blogger Windyridge said...

It's a gorgeous vest. Certain styles are easier to wear with things than others. Love the pattern.


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