May 23, 2005

Getting close...

I’m starting to see the glimmer that is the light at the end of the tunnel. I’ve finished all the pieces of the vest and sewn them together:


Now, if you think there’s something wrong with the picture, you’re right. The vest is black — pure, normal, ordinary black. Not purple. I can’t explain it — the grass should be greener, too. It was an overcast day, maybe that messed up the camera? Anyway, it’s black. Trust me.

And the edges are curling something wicked, but the felting should take care of that. There’s still one step remaining before I can felt it, though. As detailed in Felted Knits by Beverly Galeskas, I’m going to knit on an edging around the armholes and neck/button bands in cotton, picking up stitches to correspond to the length that the vest will be after it’s felted. Then, after felting, I’ll remove the cotton yarn and use the holes that it leaves to pick up stitches for the “real” edgings and button bands. They will remain unfelted. Apparently this stops the edges of large pieces from flaring out, and makes it easier to control the edgings and make them even. I have yet to do the math to work out how many stitches I need to pick up, but I think I should be able to get it pretty close.

The vest is ludicrous looking right now, though. I tried to get Mark to model it, but he refused to be pictured on the blog wearing it. Funny that…

This evening we had a lovely dinner with friends (Hi Madhava and Kate!) to celebrate Victoria Day. I made rhubarb and custard pie — apparently baking with rhubarb is a traditional way to celebrate our Queen’s birthday, at least in this household (see last year’s Victoria Day entry). As is the grey and cold day, it seems — we bbq’d, but ate indoors because it rained.

This having a record of the past year’s daily activities is slightly surreal — I’m sure I would never have remembered that I baked rhubarb pies on Victoria Day if there weren’t pictures of them online…

Posted by Aven at May 23, 2005 10:53 PM

You sure have some wicked sun in TO to make black look purple! ;) It was a great peasure to see you again, wish I could be at the S&B tomorrow. teehee! Your dessert from last night’s supper sure sounds heavenly. :)

Posted by: ~Jo~ at May 24, 2005 10:45 AM

Following your vest progress with interest as I have that page bookmarked to make one as well - in my never-ending quest to keep warm - I am saving it until fall, though, cotton keeps calling me, and tank tops; I’m sure it will stay warm soon.

Posted by: Elizabeth at May 25, 2005 12:24 PM

Hold on, I’m still back on the rhubarb and custard pie. Darn, that sounds good. Could I get that recipe??? I love rhubarb. My neighbours have rhubarb and it kills me to see when they don’t harvest it. Every summer I have made plans to jump over the fence in the night and steal their rhubarb, but I’ve never gone through with it. For Rhubarb Custard pie, I may have to pull out my ski mask.

Posted by: Stephanie VW at May 26, 2005 08:18 AM

ahem, I think I may have over-used the word Rhubarb in that comment. Yeesh.

Posted by: Stephanie VW at May 26, 2005 08:20 AM