After 4 tries, and close to 3 years, I have finished a garment that fits my Dear One, using my own handspun! I first made a sweater that fit his best friend who is much larger than he is, then one sweater that fit me, much smaller than he is. (I know I have a problem with gauge!) The last sweater was going along well enough, when he told me he thought he might like a vest better. ( Of course, I had already made the sleeves for the sweater!)
I pulled out his favorite vest, and measured it. Picked a simple vest pattern from Ravelry as a template, then I did a swatch with the needle size that gave me the fabric I wanted. I plugged my gauge into the pattern I had picked, took a deep breath and started again.
I pulled out the vest, several times to measure and make sure I was on the right track. Each time it looked good. I learned a new technique to shape the shoulder using short rows instead of decreasing in steps. It was beautiful and left live stitches I could easily join, using the 3 needle bind off. I took extra care to decrease several stitches aroung the back of the neck band so that it would fit snug and not flop around. Instead of using a mitered v in the neckline binding, I overlapped it at the v, and sewed it down invisibly.
I can't believe that it is finally over. This project has been over my head for too long. Now I can move on to my other projects, hurray!
I gladly accepted the yarn and have tweeked the pattern to make it a wider scarf. It is looking good, I am over half way, and now that the vest is finished I can use my TV hours in the evening to finish the scarf. (I still have a week before the end of the month.)
Tomorrow, it is back to the Waffle Weave towels. I am making four for my own kitchen. I am thinking that the towels are going to be too narrow, since Waffle Weave really draws in. We shall see, for my kitchen I won't be that picky.
Until next time, Happy Weaving, Tina