You won’t believe it: I’ve knitted myself a vest!

It took me nearly two months: two month, people! It’s almost nothing! It’s a very reasonable lapse of time taking into account my ever-present-mostly-awake-always-ready-for-mischief kid! A vest in two months is a fabulous achievement! Does it mean I’m back in my knitting saddle? Let’s hope so, for everyone’s good.

So, here it is!

waffle-vest-front-open

Front view…

Back view...

Back view…

"Pinned" up )))

“Pinned up” for extra warmth…

Man, is it warm! Alpaca totally deserves its fame! As you might remember, I used Alpaca Colour by Rowan (7 skeins minus leftovers). Now, let’s talk about this yarn: it looks gorgeous in a skein, it feels like feathers against your skin and it knits pretty well, BUT it has a strong tendency to felt. I kept my vest in a cotton bag while working on it and only pulled out the part I was knitting but it still felted a little. So, if you knit something with this yarn, be careful when you wash your finished object. I haven’t washed my vest yet, I was too eager to share with you! I’ll keep you updated on how it goes through the wash – by hand, of course: it’ll be cool water, shampoo and as little shaking as possible…

And I have more good news for you: while I’m not planning  to write a pattern for the vest, I’m almost done with the pattern of the shawlette (or cowlette?) that I knitted before (and kept it secret, ha-ha!) and that has actually inspired me to knit this vest! So, how about a new pattern, ladies?

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