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The Knitting YAFGE

I've been working with the book The Knitting Experience: The Knit Stitch by Sally Melville. I decided to knit the Asymmetrical Vest, but since several of my friends whom I made look at the book didn't like the asymmetry, I fiddled the pattern so it would be symmetrical. I also wanted the vest to be 33 inches long instead of 24 inches long, and the way the pattern was described made it easy to change the length by adding stitches.

I knitted it in 2 colors of Lion Brand Homespun (since I decided to add some stripes to it).

When I finished it, it came out much longer than I expected and also less wide. I know my swatch gauge was off about 1/4" in one direction, but I thought it was the direction that would add width, not length. I guess I was wrong. I wouldn't be able to wear it myself without adding a front panel to it. So I had my sweetie kyubi model it for some photos. It fit her very well, and I guess she fell in love with it, because she wore it for the rest of the night. So once I have the buttons sewn on (in the photos, the things that look like buttons are stitch markers on the buttonholes), I'll be giving it to her.

Vest front. (kyubi, I'm sorry I chopped off your head!) It does look a bit asymmetrical, but that's just because of how it is hanging.

Vest back.

(Despite the subject of the post, I'm delighted that the vest decided to belong to kyubi! I'm just hoping I can get the hang of making a garment to the expected size before long...)


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Jan. 24th, 2005 06:31 am (UTC)
It looks great, and I agree the asymmetry as designed didn't quite work (it looked like someone had buttoned it incorrectly).
Jan. 24th, 2005 05:40 pm (UTC)
Jan. 24th, 2005 08:19 am (UTC)
I find it much easier to make things for other people than for myself. I don't know why.
Jan. 24th, 2005 05:42 pm (UTC)
Easier how?

This is the first knitted item I've given away. I've given away several crocheted items (I have more experience with crochet). But mostly I'm still at the stage of "wow, I made this! I have to keep it to prove that I did it..."
Jan. 25th, 2005 02:11 am (UTC)
They fit. I can make adjustments on the fly for other people's body, but not for my own.

Luckily, I like giving away the things I make. Each one is an adventure.
Jan. 24th, 2005 01:28 pm (UTC)
I'm still utterly fascinated by the operation of people making clothing that people wear. It's so neat! Like, I mean, individuals, in their spare time.
Jan. 24th, 2005 05:43 pm (UTC)
Yes, I'm kind of fascinated by it too. When I'm doing it, even though yarn these days is largely made in factories out of petroleum and plastic and stuff, I feel all self-sustainable. :-)
Jan. 24th, 2005 06:43 pm (UTC)
Perhaps you could learn to spin the yarn and such as a next project? It was certainly fascinating when annaoj was doing it at APC11.
Jan. 24th, 2005 07:00 pm (UTC)
I gather that many yarn addicts eventually graduate to "the hard stuff" like spinning yarn, yes. I haven't gotten there yet, but I probably will someday. I did enjoy looking at and handling the fleeces at the Mendocino County Wool & Fiber Festival last year. In this post is a post including a photo of the prize-winning fleece sitting in its giant silver cup.

Some wool/fiber festivals have contests called "sheep to shawl" where teams of people have some ridiculously small number of hours to shear a sheep, clean and card the wool, spin the wool, and then turn it into a finished garment.
Jan. 24th, 2005 07:25 pm (UTC)
But what would you do with the sheep in the meantime? ;)
Jan. 24th, 2005 07:26 pm (UTC)
There's that...
Jan. 24th, 2005 07:27 pm (UTC)
I have some very nice roti recipes...
Jan. 24th, 2005 08:11 pm (UTC)
Heh. But it can't produce any more wool then.
Jan. 25th, 2005 02:53 am (UTC)
sheep to shawl
It's funny to run into this conversation here, because I was just talking about sheep-to-sweater or sheep-to-shawl contests with some friends a mere 48 hours ago. One person commented on how wool was a renewable resource, and contrasted this with a hypothetical "cow to couch" competition.

I pointed out that the cow to couch competition would also have to be a barbeque.
Jan. 25th, 2005 03:11 am (UTC)
Re: sheep to shawl
Heh! Doesn't leather take a long time to tan? It might be worse than watching paint dry.
Jan. 24th, 2005 02:12 pm (UTC)

and it's cool that even though you won't fit it, your sweetie will. the first thing i made, didn't fit me, but fit my stepmother. i'm super glad it does :)

Jan. 24th, 2005 05:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm glad your first thing found a good home close by, too.
Jan. 24th, 2005 09:04 pm (UTC)
Re: The Knitting YAFGE
oh, i am glad your sweetie likes it! it would be a shame if it hadn't found a home.

i'm with the people who don't like that asymmetrical vest, though i am generally a big fan of asymmetry. i saw it at LYS, and to me it looked like a mistake, not a purposely designed garment.
Jan. 25th, 2005 07:04 am (UTC)
That's really spiffy!

And an excellent example of the vagaries of gauge and fit. Remember the ruana I was working on months ago? It turned out MUCH too long in the back, and too narrow by a foot. I think I've figured out how to revise it to fit me, but it involves picking out a lot of bound-off edges and kind of knitting backwards, and I'm not quite up to it at the moment...
Jan. 25th, 2005 02:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm sorry to hear I'm not the only one who has this problem...
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