I knit this vest from the Waterlily Top pattern by Katy Ryan in Interweave Knits, Summer 2006. It is a beautiful pattern that is very flattering. It’s knit in the round and there’s only seaming at the shoulders. I am in the process of taking out that seam to shorten the armholes, as the top has lengthened as I’ve worn it, which is pretty typical of ribbon yarn things anyway.

I used Colinette Giotto in the leaf green colorway. Colinette is very affordable in the UK– half the price or less than what it would be in America. I really feel like I’m getting away with something when I knit with the stuff.

vest back

decorative yarn overs in the back–

colinette giotto

These are hanks of giotto in the pharoah colorway. My friend Liza chose it– I’m going to knit her one of these vests.


stash, originally uploaded by velvetdahlia.

The other day I broke down and went through all my wool– most of it was my mother’s at some point. I have a lot of it. Suitcases and baskets and hampers full of wool.

When I wanted to make something it became overwhelming to even attempt it. But I couldn’t bring myself to buy more wool for a particular pattern simply because I had so much already.

I’ve broken the wool down into obvious descriptives that are flexible– and I’ve noted whether I have a pattern in mind for the particular yarn.

Next up: pattern spreadsheet.

Noro stash, originally uploaded by velvetdahlia.

Today I went to Peter Jones with my friend Liza and we picked out some Noro for shrugs. The dark colorway is Silk Garden for Liza– I’m going to make a surplice shrug with bell sleeves for her.

I picked the other colorway because it reminded me of the countryside in Cumbria– I’m going to make a basic, sleeves-only type shrug. I’ve never worked with Kureyon– I’m looking forward to it.