and they're just falling off the needles...

It's one of those weeks of completing things, where stuff just falls off the needles at such a rate that a girl can almost forget how long they were waiting to be finished, or how long ago she started them…

and instead be filled with a rosy glow of virtue. Or is that pride I smell?


Behold the Sally Melville Asymmetrical Vest: an under-two-weeker!

Pattern: 1-2-3 Yarn Asymmetrical Vest by Sally Melville
Yarn: Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Worsted, in Deep Charcoal. (3 skeins! just 3 skeins - including swatch yarn! That's an under-$30 project, folks!)
Needles: US 9 (5.5mm), trusty Inox metal, 32" circulars (coulda been shorter ones, but the 24"ers are stuck in another project somewhere).

What I love about this project: well, the speed, really. Lotsa fun shaping in this one: I think this might be the first time I've really knit something from side to side…. I also love the buttons, They go smashingly with the yarn.

What I don't love so much? Well, I haven't styled it on me - haven't tried it with a white, button-up shirt yet, which was how I envisioned wearing it. Either that, or a long-sleeved white T-shirt. I'm not so sure that this hangs super-well on busty ol' me; and the three different lengths aren't quite so noticeable on mine as they were on Sally's original piece which she wore at Madrona. On Louise the dress form, the two fronts just look sort of... well, off.

Ah well: more shall be revealed, as we say around here.

But what's this? Another FO?

Pattern: Morningside Neckwarmer by Jared Flood
Yarn: Schulana Cashmere-Millefiori (don't hate it because it's beautiful) - 1-1/2 skeins
Needles: US 10-1/2 (6.5mm), 16" circulars

A great little brioche-stitch cowl, the kind of thing you think you don't need a pattern for, but Jared's free pattern for Classic Elite has some nice little bennies in it.
A double-stranded cast-on, ferinstance, so it's easy to get on over your head.

This one was part of the Great Brioche Extravaganza of 2009, then nearly forgotten, Miss Havisham-like, in the teaching bin with the other samples, after class was taught and done.
Then on Sunday night, after I finished weaving in ends on the Sally Vest, I wanted a little something to finish out the evening's video-knitting time, and saw the bin on the floor in my studio. And Hey, presto, Eureka and lo! - a neckwarmer to wear to the shop on Monday.

Turned out the perfect height for cozy warmth without suffocation (or awkward nose dripping moments). Just right under a coat.

Thanks, Jared, for the sweet accessory idea. [This is me, trying to be gracious rather than punkily jealous and snide toward Jared for being 1) waaaay too talented for one so young; 2) wildly (and deservedly) popular amongst the knitterati; and 3) probably nice and cute to boot.] [He may come to the shop sometime to teach, and I need to get all the snarky jealousy out before he shows up and I put a whoopie cushion on his seat or something.]