July 31, 2006


On Saturday, I finished the last round of the vest I'm knitting for Level 2 of TKGA's Master Knitter program. The last half-round, actually, worked only across the front -- if one is very careful, one can have the exact center round of a motif show on the front of one's Fair Isle sweater, and it will serve as the center round for both the front and the back.

I was just laying out the vest for a photo op, when the resident Knitting Inspector came by:


Inspector Stormy took a good close look at those steeks. And if that was not enough, gave them a good sniffing, too:


She pondered:


The verdict:


"Good job!"


I got the stars to match up, this time, whereas on the protoype they were offset by 4 inches. Other minor improvements include back neck shaping (in the photo, the long steek in front is the center front steek for the V-neck, and the very short steek in back is for back neck shaping; the brown piece of yarn is holding live back neck stitches). On the prototype, I worked the decreases for the armhole shaping so that they slanted toward the body of the vest. Later, I read a fellow Pretty Posies blogger's account of a sweater she'd knitted with decreases slanting toward the armhole. That made me question my decision. I referred to Ann Feitelson's patterns, and discovered that she, too, works her decreases slanting toward the armhole. There is probably an argument to be made in favor of each method, but for this improved version of the vest, I chose to work the decreases slanting toward the armhole.


Oh, excuse me -- this staredown is reminding me to get off the computer and get back to finishing off the vest! It still needs its armhole and neckband ribbings.

For Vanessa, who asked:

Inside of yurt, view 1.

Inside of yurt, view 2. The yurt is 18 feet in diameter.

Posted by Karen at July 31, 2006 10:08 AM

I want a yurt!!

Stormy looks very serious during her inspection. I have it on good authority that kitty inspection and approval is not done lightly. (Mia told me.)

Your vest looks terrific!!

Posted by: Jewel at July 31, 2006 11:05 AM


Posted by: DD#1 at July 31, 2006 11:17 AM

The vest looks wonderful, I agree with Stormy, wholeheartedly! Congratulations, it is a vest to be proud of!

Posted by: Anne at July 31, 2006 12:02 PM

great job on the shoulders, and thanks for the yurt photos. if i had a yurt i would just want to walk around all day saying it. yurt is a fun word.

Posted by: vanessa at July 31, 2006 05:26 PM

Your vest received a CAT SCAN! (groan). Seriously, I'm seriously impressed with how you got the stars to line up on the shoulders. That should wow the Master Knitters judges!

Posted by: Diana at August 2, 2006 12:42 PM

I'm super impressed but then I usually am when I am around your knitting. The Yurt is gorgous and I can't wait to see you again to show you my initial swatches. I'm approaching this program with great care. I must see your stuff!

Posted by: Rebecca at August 2, 2006 01:29 PM

Oh, a CAT scan! (slaps hand to forehead) Why didn't *I* think of that?!

Posted by: Karen at August 2, 2006 06:53 PM

Rebecca, all the care and attention that you put into the program will pay off -- both in terms of how much you learn that improves your knitting, and also in terms of passing the program with the least amount of fuss. And I'd be happy to take a look at your swatches at any time.

Posted by: Karen at August 2, 2006 06:58 PM