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…


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


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…


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…


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



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…





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…



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


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…



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!!!