Nana's Knitting Shop

Knitting tales of a lifelong knitter
and yarn shop owner.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

The Good News and the Not So Good News...

The good news is that the Botanica Medallion is done. I love it and it fits really well. The class was a blast and most everyone was ready to put their Botanica together on Tuesday night. Joan even wore hers to the class! They are all really lovely. I'm wearing mine today and I'll hang it in the Shop if you'd like to stop by and see it.

Here are several of my typically lousy pictures. One day soon, I really need to learn how to use my camera and Photoshop. It's much prettier in person.

And now for the not so good news...

Remember the beautiful Latvian Vest I made for Dad for Valentine's Day? Remember I blocked the heck out of it so it would fit? Remember I thought my gauge got wonky after I started knitting it? Well, it was a little more than wonky.

I went home to Massachusetts to see my family and I asked Dad about the lovely Latvian Vest.

"Dad, have you worn the vest?"
"Umm, no. It's beautiful, really beautiful, honey, but it's a little snug."
"Try it on for me and let's a little look-see."

So Dad tried it on.

"A little snug, Dad? It's WAY TOO SMALL!"
"Umm, yes, it's way too small. Why don't you take it back with you and give it to your husband."
"Geez, Dad, it won't fit him either. Maybe it will fit me or maybe it will just be a beautiful Shop model."

So, the lovely Latvian vest made the trek back to Chicago and it's now hanging in the Shop - a most beautiful Shop model until Winter when I will wear it.

Needless to say, I'm now on a mission from God to knit Dad a beautiful new vest. And, here's the one I've chosen.

It's the Hillhead Slipover from Anne Feitelson's gorgeous book, The Art of Fair Isle Knitting. I checked and rechecked my gauge. I have all the colors of Spindrift I need - there are a whopping 10 of them, I've cast on all 328 stitches and have started the ribbing. Oh, and while I was home, I took Dad's measurements (what a novel idea) so this time, the darn thing will fit!

Dad's birthday is August 15th. Today is July 30, what kind of lunatic am I to think I can have it done by then?

How about a Friday Fair Isle Knit Along, people? I need to put my knitting mojo into high gear!


Anonymous kristin said...

a really generous lunatic : )

10:57 PM  

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