Friday, March 21, 2008

Vest Is Coming Along

So far so good on the alpaca vest. Right now it's just a lot of stockinette stitch in the round, but it's starting to actually look like something LOL. Still several inches to go before I reach the point where I need to work it flat for the arm holes and the V in the front.

I'll do the back up to the shoulders, and then do the front up to the shoulders and then connect the shoulders with a three needle bind off so that there is no seam at the shoulder. But as I mentioned, I have a ways to go yet before I need to worry about that. For now it's just several more inches of stockinette.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Alpaca Vest

I decided to use my newly purchased pound of alpaca yarn to make a vest. It's my first attempt at making anything like a vest or sweater so it should be interesting LOL.

I'm using the Unisex Vest pattern from Lion Brand's website and adjusted the stitch count for using size 7 needles and to make it an XXL so that it should fit me if I did my math correctly.

I've cast on the back, finished the ribbing, and have just started on the body. That's a lot of knitting in sport weight and will take me a good while to finish the thing as I am not the fastest knitter in the world. But it should be a good learning experience and good practice for the sweater I plan to make soon.

Sunday, March 2, 2008


After being couped up in this hotel all week yesterday I decided to take a cab and visit a LYS. While their selection wasn't all that great the ladies were nice and I spent about an hour there just chatting with them. They don't get too many men in there and I think the novelty was fun for them as they didn't seem to want to let me leave.

I did find a one pound ball of sport weight alpaca yarn in a dark charcoal gray color and bought that. At $42 + tax it seemed a bit high to me but it's a very nice feeling yarn. Now I just have to decided what to make with it.