Here's the pictures of the vest. I notice from my photo that it's not the most flattering on me...but it's nice and warm so I don't really care! I also wanted to show off the oddball-ness/multi-colouredness.
I finished the knitting on Emma's Frou Frou skirt last night. I just need to put the waistband elastic in so that it's comfortable (I'm still working on how). I also want to finish the second sleeve of my Koigu sweater this week. I keep getting tempted by shorter projects. I casted on the Paton's Fresco to start "Your basic bag" from The Knitting Experience; I think I like the short stuff...gives me a sense of completion (unlike the feeling of being in quick sand that arises when I think of my dissertation!)
I didn't put the visa in the freezer and instead bought some yarn to make
sitcom chic and some sock yarn from Elann....hey, a girl needs a spring cardigan!
I finished the vest and am wearing it now. It is nice and warm. I really like this Jaegar natural fleece, it is very soft, warm but light. I can't say I love the vest, because of it's multicolouredness, but it will suit my wear-under-a-light-jacket-on-a-cool-day purposes. I'll post some photos tomorrow. My digital camera battery died.
I'm still working on Emma's frou frou skirt and want to finish the knitting tomorrow. I need to buy elastic for the waist. I don't like how the pattern says to attach it because you wear the elastic right against your skin--that seems uncomfortable. I'll have to go to a sewing shop and see if they have a solution. Emma has already placed an order for a matching purse and shrug to go with the skirt. I don't know where she gets the frilly clothes fixation; my mother assures me that I was not like that as a child, nor am I now.
This ice storm sucks. The kids and I have been virtual prisoners in the apartment. Craig is out working and it's too icy to go anywhere, so we're working on driving each other crazy. I have found time to knit though. Friday I finished my first pair of toe-up socks. I used regia crazy colours in nordic and I love them. They're also the first pair I've knit for myself. I learned the technique from the winter Knitty.
Then, because I've been so cold this week, I decided to knit myself the asymmetrical vest from Sally Melville's The Knitting Experience using the oddballs of Jaegar Natural Fleece I have in my stash. I'm 85% finished and I think it will be okay. I decided to make it symmetrical (just didn't like the uneven front) and a bit shorter. It is cream in the front, brown on the sides and grey in the back. I mostly want it for an extra layer under fall/spring jackets and to wear when I'm cold at the computer (most of the time). The wool is soft and squooshy and it is beautiful. Might have to save my pennies for enough for a whole sweater (in one colour). My other projects have languished, but the vest was good mindless knitting that I could do in between playing trucks, trains, barbies, colouring, play dough, endless kid-vids, indoor hide and seek, diaper changes...I'm glad it's Monday and I'm back to thesis and the kids are excited to be going to daycare--we've had enough indoor time for a while.