It’s Saved

For weeks now I’ve just had the mitred square neck to do on the Boardwalk vest. I leave for home next Tuesday so I really wanted to get it done. The neck was fun to do and really quick because you are decreasing 6 stitches every right side row…

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I also love how the neck and shoulder finishing is all done at the same time, such a time saver…

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As you remember from previous posts I have been very stressed that the vest would turn out too small. Here it is all done before blocking, looking quite tiny…

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I decided to wet block it as the instructions read and I think having it fully wet really helped me to block it out nice and stretched. I think blocking wires would help in future but I did my best…

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When it was dry this morning I unpinned and voila it fit perfectly, yeah!…

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I was so relieved that it held its stretched out shape and looked even better than before blocking actually. The bottom ridges look a lot more like the picture in the pattern when they are blocked out too. It has a lovely drape now and is really soft from the soak I used when I wet it. I can’t wait for Julie to see it and to wear it on April 27 at the Knitter’s Frolic in Toronto.

Knit Knit Little Red

Confession…I think I misjudged the gauge on my Boardwalk vest and it may be a bit small. Hmmmmmm…I’m usually very careful about these things etc. but not sure what I was thinking exactly lol!!! It definitely fits but will need some serious wet blocking. Oh well, I’ll salvage it, not fretting drastically yet. You be the judge…

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I’ve picked up for the neck which took a bit to figure out and now for the fun mitred square bit. I don’t know how much that will pull things in at the front but we’ll see.

For now John and I are off to Rome for 3 days so no knitting. Unfortunately, we are stuck at the airport because the flight is 2 hrs delayed. Can’t complain though because I am getting to go to Italy for the first time! Gelato updates to follow (I’ll definitely get pistachio to start!)

Knitting and Comfort Food

I’ve been knitting up a storm and finally got to the armhole split in the Boardwalk vest. The front stickies are being held while I work the back…

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As you knit up the back you start to increase for the sleeve caps. You also work the finished edge at the same time…

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It was cold, wet and rainy today so aside from knitting I also cooked a yummy recipe from my new Canadian Living whole grain cookbook. I don’t think there is anything much more comforting than a bowl of spoon bread…

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It’s basically a soufflé cornbread. Lady Fia’s mom made the first one I tried from a recipe by the veggie guru Molly Katzen. This one has leeks in it along with cheddar and cayenne for a kick. John better get home quick or I might eat it all!!!