Friday, December 23, 2011

Blocking the back

The Carnation Aquamarine has backed off - the needles! I finished the back last night and left it to soak overnight in Eucalan. The Lion Brand Alpine Wool is awfully stiff and crunchy, but I think the nice long bath has softened her up a bit.

I'm really digging these cables. Classic braids, simple to knit, and very impactful in a bulky wool. I love the Carnation Pink cables but they are a veritable pain in the ass compared to the braids.

I am humbled by how many of you want to test knit the Carnation. I'm sorting out how to move forward from here; remember that I've never done this before. I've published a couple of free patterns that didn't have test knitting (as the kind souls Janet can tell you, since she found an error when she knitted my Dixie Rose Mitts). If you don't get a chance to test knit, you can count on a knitalong with this designer. It will be so fun to see how this vest turns out for other ample knitters.

Thanks to all of you for the interest and support! Hope you all enjoy your holidays - get get some knitting in there, too.


  1. Love your tree!
    The back of the Carnation looks great. Oh, I can't wait to make this for myself! I ordered the yarn and hope it will be here next week, but with the holidays it may take longer.

    Have a joyous Christmas, Julie!
    I'll be knitting and watching 'A Christmas Story'. I love that movie!!!

  2. I just want to say thank you for all your notes and pictures. I am enjoying the journey as you make it. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy New Year!

    Karen aka purplepenguin on Ravelry

  3. Happy happy to you guys, too! I'm sure I'll be catching at least part of the endless marathon of "A Christmas Story." I've never dated a guy who didn't absolutely LOVE that movie.

    Thanks for all your support, girls!


  4. Julie, your vests are both gorgeous. I think I am wanting to make the aquamarine one first but I'm sure I'll want the carnation pink as well. Both are fabulous! Can't wait for it to go on sale.
    Merry Christmas and may 2012 be a truly wonderful year for you and Tom! You are a remarkable person!

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