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Back-to-School U-Neck Vest – FO!

I have another FO!! Yes, my Back-to-School U-Neck Vest is complete! I finished all the knitting on Wednesday but didn’t weave in the ends until last night (well, more like 1 am this morning – this is what I do when I take naps after work then can’t sleep, haha). I don’t know why I didn’t have this thing finished a while ago because there was hardly any knitting left on the darn thing. This KAL really kicked my butt into gear to get it done. I really like how it turned out. It’s a bit longer than it is supposed to be – apparently I can’t read the right part of the pattern at the right time and this actually ended up being a good thing.

Here it is all finished:

Of course it looks much better on me:

Pattern: Back-to-School U-Neck Vest from Fitted Knits
Started: May 9, 2007
Finished: June 16, 2007
Yarn: Cotton Fleece in Soft Mauve
Needle Size: US 7 and 5 circular bamboo needles
Notes: I made the ribbing of the body about 2″ longer than the pattern says to. The pattern doesn’t mention to keep the bust portion in the stitch pattern when doing the increases, so if you don’t think about it, you could get the stitch looking all wonky, but this was easy to do. Overall a very easy knit. I LOVE all of Stefanie’s patterns that I’ve knit and I’m looking forward to knitting more from this book!

Alright, that’s TWO things off my KAL within a KAL commitment done (which I’m doing over at Stashalong)! I’m feeling so good about getting things finished up and proud of myself for not casting on the 1328895200478 things that I want to right now.

The last thing to get done is a pair of socks. I wasn’t happy with how what I had on the needles was turning out, so I frogged it and started a whole different pattern. I like it much better now!

Here it is before:

And now it has become this:

Hopefully it will soon be a pair of socks!

In other news – no yarn purchases have happened since going to KC, so I’m doing well. I’ve got many things planned for stash yarn and that’s always a good thing! Happy knitting/crocheting everyone :o)


I’m a thirty-something who lives in Cincinnati, OH. Crafting, for me, started young - I can’t even recall a time I wasn’t crafty in some way. My first foray into yarn was doing plastic canvas embroidery and making Barbie doll furniture. Not long after that I learned to crochet from a book my grandmother gave me after asking to learn what she was doing (she crochets, afghans mostly these days). After that, I took up counted cross stitch and then came sewing when I took two fashion design classes in high school. My mom had a sewing machine from my great grandmother and I taught myself to sew from patterns on it. I still use this same sewing machine today! I started knitting in 2004 when a co-worker was pregnant with her first child and I wanted to make something for her. I bought a “learn to knit kit” from Lion Brand for a baby hat and booties set. I did make the baby hat and booties (with very few problems) and ended up gifting them to the co-worker. I wanted to make a blanket, but I wasn’t quite able to get that done in time since it took a lot longer then I’d imagined! It wasn’t until the end of 2004/early 2005 that knitting really took a hold of me. Now I love knitting and almost always have a project with me, even if it’s just something small when I’m out and about. I like a wide range of projects depending on my mood. Sometimes I like a good challenge knit and other times I enjoy a lot of stockinette or garter stitch. I love Ravelry for keeping track of my projects and for finding new things to knit - I feel like I’m always spending time on there! It’s also a great place for getting to know other knitters, crocheters, and various fiber enthusiasts. In the fall of 2008, I purchased a spinning wheel from someone on Craigslist. It’s a Babe Fiber Starter, single treadle wheel and after a bit of trouble getting used to it, I’ve managed to spin up some fiber. In January of 2012, I found someone local that was selling their Lendrum DT and it came to live with me! The Babe now lives with Jen (aka piddleloop) and she’s learning to spin. I’m still trying to find time to spin along with knitting, crocheting (occasionally), and whatever else is going on, but I work it in here and there. I’m sure there’s something I might have left out here, so if there’s anything else you want to know about me, just ask :o)

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