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Look out: ACTUAL KNITTING CONTENT!

(Gasp. I know. It's been a while.)

I finished knitting my Mom's birthday present on the road – bound it off somewhere before Bandon – but had to wait til I got a moment at home to block it.

Pattern: KarenJoSeattle's "Pinnate Shawl"
Yarn: some light blue wool/silk blend from White Lies Designs
Needles: US 8 (5.0mm) Suzanne's ebonywood (mmm... oooh.) (These are some of my favorite needles

A great combination of fantastic pattern (thanks, KarenJo! This is the what - third time I've knit this?), glorious soft smooshy scrumptious yarn, and some of my favorite needles.

The yarn was liberated from from a camisole project UFO that I finally admitted I was never going to knit. As Susanna says, "Not every project deserves to be finished!"

The ebony needles are stumpy - kinda the opposite of the Addi Turbo Lace needles that are my new usual faves – but they are soft, just the right kind of warm and smooth. And the ebonywood made for great contrast with the light blue yarn.

And every once in a while I make myself snort with laughter over the fact that I get to do this for a living…

I actually found a project which I (are you ready for it?) HAVE TO KNIT. FOR WORK.

And, oh darn, it's a Sally Melville pattern!
"No, don't send me into that briar patch, Brer Fox!"

Pattern: 1-2-3 Asymmetrical Vest by Sally Melville
Yarn: Good ol' Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Worsted (from Churchmouse Yarns & Teas), in "Deep Charcoal"
Needles: US 9 (5.5mm) Inox circulars

What you see here is the right front (as worn). The vest is knit sideways, with the cast-on edge forming the right front buttonband edge. You work your way around, doing shoulder shaping, then armhole shaping, then a side vent … then comes the back, and you end with the left front.

Sally wore this to her workshop "Knits that Flatter and Fit," which I had the privilege of taking at Madrona this year. We played with paper doll cutouts of our silhouettes, experimented with garment shapes and discussed sweater length in gorgeous detail.

This vest was a fantastic teaching tool, since the three pieces (right front, back, and left front) are each a different length – the right front sits at your perfect short, boxy garment length; the back at your perfect long length, and the left front at your perfect medium (sorta crotch-level) length.

(There: now I've used the word "crotch" in my blog. If the Harlot can say "arse," I can say "crotch." Just wonder what it's going to do for my page hits.)

And just why do I HAVE to knit it for, you know, my career n' sh*t?
• Because I'll teach a workshop on "Sweaters that Fit" at Stitches South next month, and I'll be able to use it as a similar reference re: garment lengths (with the added bonus that it won't take up as much space in my luggage as THREE WHOLE SWEATERS would!)
and
• Because I'm also teaching a workshop on Linen Stitch at that same venue, and this garment is knit in Tweed Stitch, which some folks call "Half-Linen Stitch." We start out swatching Tweed Stitch in my workshop, to get our feet wet with the whole slip-stitch thing, before moving onto Linen Stitch.

So there you have it. I HAD to knit this vest. I swear.