November 28, 2004

2004 on the Wane

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This morning I finally got around to sewing the buttons on the Basketweave vest that has been languishing in the drawer for about a month-and-a-half. Don't know what it is about sewing on buttons that makes this task get put off and put off and put off. I found some plain shell buttons that were dyed exactly the same shade as the Nighthawk-colored yarn. Like plain brown rice, these buttons are nothing special, and I like their Zen-like quality. I steamed the vest thoroughly, and any and all lumpiness in the stitch pattern went away. (The Basketweave vest is knitted from Jamieson's DK, and the pattern is from Jamieson's Shetland Knitting Book 2.)

This picture shows me trying to look modest while wearing my vest, knitting on the Alba sweater for Jennie and enjoying this glorious November afternoon. Tomorrow the Feral Knitters meet again, and so I'm keeping in practice with my Fair Isle knitting.

Back in July, Felina Schwarz and I noticed that 2004 was ebbing away. And we posed an informal challenge to each other to see how many projects we could get finished by year's end. My tally so far: Basketweave Vest, Bronte Scarf, Flower Basket Shawl. (Not included is the linen stitch scarf I knitted for Scott -- that was in February, long before the challenge began. Also not included is the Karis poncho, which still awaits blocking and the sewing of its one seam.) Am I forgetting anything?

Posted by Karen at November 28, 2004 02:57 PM

Nice to see the finished vest! You were working on it when we met -- I love the color and the simple style.

Posted by: Karen at November 29, 2004 03:39 AM

I think each of your swatches for the Master Knitter torture event should count!

Posted by: Janine at November 29, 2004 03:24 PM

I, also, think any work on the Master knitting program should count. You've had a very good knitting year, and you look lovely in the vest!

Posted by: Anne at November 29, 2004 07:28 PM