I spend a lot of time planning my projects, mulling over wool colours and patterns and design. I want them to be cost efficient, very functional and exciting to work on.I decided that after just making a casual warm sweater I would focus on spring. If I couldn't will it to happen outside ( hello snow EVERY DAY. Hello ARCTIC temperatures For the love of Pete, please let us GO!) I could make it happen in other ways. I would get a head start on warm weather knitting. Sleeveless tank tops, light cardigans! Goodness knows I would have plenty of time to complete them.
But then something happened. Looking through my many bookmarks I hit upon a pattern and the knowledge that I had some bright red wool in my closet in the right weight and couldn't I fit just another little winter project in before my wool arrived?
Of course I could.
This is a modified version of the Ariosa Cropped Cardigan. Obviously my version is not cropped, and obviously missed-named as a cardigan. It's a vest! A really warm one, when one needs an extra layer, and boy have we needed an extra layer!
(yes that is a wall of snow at my leg from the path to the door, hello March!)
Quite a while ago, I had unravelled a very oversized 1980's sweater with a large daisy on the front that I loved but would never wear again and saved the bulky red wool.
As for the pattern I added more length and waist shaping and shortened the odd-to-me ribbing that they were calling a sleeve.
This kind of modelling, outdoors in -10'C very windy weather, leads to numb fingers pretty quickly.
But no matter, because I came in and had this to do:
While I was doing errands, to find buttons for the vest, some more oil paint (!) and you know, the ever needed groceries, I picked up a little something extra.
Ever wanted one of those over-sized blankets for the couch?