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Joining in with Ginny from Small Things

I am excited to say Jairah’s Askel vest is off the needles.  I didn’t need to block it much and it fits him beautifully.  It worked out about a size 4 which is what I was hoping for.  I can’t say that Askel is the best written pattern I have had to follow.  Maybe a little was lost in translation?  Thankfully I was able to mull through the pattern and work out what I needed to do.  I did use 8 ply and 3.75mm and 4mm needles which was different to what the pattern called for, so made my own little changes along the way.  The yarn I used was Moda Vera Pure wool.  I was a little splitty, but has washed up beautifully with a lovely silky feeling.  The stripes were done using scraps of wool I had in my stash.  Speaking of stripes, as the vest is knitted in the round, I wanted to avoid the ‘jog’ that can occur when you change colours for knitting stripes.  Watching this video was a great help and so simple.  I’m sure some of you already know the trick, but for those who don’t, it is worth watching.

I cast on my Tea Leaves cardi tonight.  I am loving the yarn I ordered.  It is the most beautiful ruby colour and feels lovely and soft.  I ordered it through Bendigo Woollen Mills and their delivery was quick.  I love that is in made here in Victoria with Australia wool too.

As for reading.  I just started reading a book called Keeper of the People, by Karah Quinney.  I can’t tell you much about it, as I have only read a few pages, but so far, so good.

Looking forward to seeing what you have all been crafting and reading too.  Jacinta x

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  • http://conservativeknitmom.blogspot.com/ katrina

    I love the vest– he looks adorable in it! I love the colorwork. And the hood is adorable! I can not wait to see how the wool works up. The color is so cheerful and it looks so soft. Don’t you just love the start of a project!

  • http://www.townsend-house.com Heather

    The vest is adorable! And I have seen so many people knit up these tea leaves cardis that I think I need to start one myself! The yarn color looks awesome!

  • http://www.sezzaknits.blogspot.com Sarah

    That vest looks lovely! I love BWM luxury Ruby, I think its my favourite – shame the exchange rate isn’t very good for me at the moment! It will be a gorgeous cardi!

  • http://www.patchodirtfarm.blogspot.com Nadja

    The vest is perfect on Jairah, and I would would want to knit a few of them for my own boys if not for poorly written pattern (I’m not sure I could make it out on my own!). Best of luck on the Tea Leaves!

  • http://www.woolythyme.typepad.com steph

    such a cute vest–and model!!! love the hoodie!

  • http://momentsofpeacemama.blogspot.com Kate

    The vest is adorable! I love the stripes but the hood just takes it all.
    I can’t wait to see your Tea Leaves – I have been thinking about that pattern for someday… maybe if I manage to pull off my Feb Lady.

  • http://clover-seven.blogspot.com Tracey

    Wow, wow Jacinta, the vest is fabulous! You should be super pleased with yourself and I know that little Jairah must be so excited to wear it.
    I am so glad you picked the red yarn for your cardigan, I think it will look just beautiful on you!

  • http://pumpkinsunrise.blogspot.com swanski

    He looks so handsome in his vest, with a hood! You are going to LOVE knitting tea leaves, I sure did. great color choice!!

  • http://www.craftsfromthecwtch.co.uk Sarah – Crafts from the Cwtch

    The vest is perfect and I love the colour of your yarn on the new cardi – that’ll be stunning! xxx

  • http://melbatoast68.blogspot.com Melissa

    Jairah’s vest turned out beautifully! Such a great color for him! Your Tea Leaves will be gorgeous.

  • http://the-random-thoughts-in-my-head.blogspot.com/ Jennifer

    The vest turned out fabulously! And it seems to me that you made that really fast!

  • http://www.peachcoglo.typepad.com Angela

    That vest is perfect. I love the hood and your recipient is just the cutest.
    Good luck with the cardi, can’t wait to see it.
    xo

  • http://www.wifemomknitter.wordpress.com Jen

    Fantastic job on the vest. It looks great!

  • http://notesfromjenn.blogspot.com/ Jenn

    Love the color of that yarn! And the sweater vest is adorable!!

  • http://www.homebakedonline.com Hannah@HomeBaked

    The vest turned out so well – and so quickly!
    Thanks for the jogless stripe link, that tip is very handy to know.

  • http://esmerlda27.blogspot.com Heather

    You did such a nice job on the vest even with pattern issues. Love, love, love the hood.

  • http://scrapsofstarlight.blogspot.com a soulful life

    What a really beautiful piece of work! And what a lucky boy to have such a talented Mama 🙂
    I really want to have a go at the tea leaves cardi sometime too.

  • http://triskele-threads.blogspot.com.au Dee

    His vest is perfect. The Tea Leaves really is just the perfect cardigan. I’m hoping my next one will be in a BWM yarn as well so I’m looking forward to seeing how yours turns out in the Luxury.