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The Back to School vest is done. It's blocked and all the last bits are sewn up and woven in. Here's a peek:
I like it. Everything worked out very well with this vest. I knit extensions to the cables framing the neck to sew onto the back, to serve as the back neckline. I had to guesstimate how long they'd be, because I knew that the width of the back would grow once I blocked it. By chance, I got it almost exactly right. I say almost because, while the piece went together perfectly when I was sewing it, it does look a little wonky on. I think it just might need another block. In the meantime, I'm very happy how nicely and quickly this turned out.
Pattern specs: Yarn -- Elann.com's Peruvian Highland Wool, in Chocolate Truffle. I think I used 5 balls, total, including swatching and sewing up (yarn cost < $12.00. Not bad.) Pattern: cobbled together myself, using cables from different sources. I think this will be a great transitional piece. Now that I'm done with this, I need to figure out what to do next. Another sweater? Shawl? Scarf? In the meantime, I'm making progress on the little socklets for my mother-in-law. I tried a couple of different approaches that didn't work, but I think my current one will. Will post pictures when I have more to show.
This weekend was the Ed Sanders Memorial Cyclocross race up at Lilypons in Maryland. Both Mr. T and Sr. Jr. competed. All the rain (including some that came during the race) made for a very muddy, slippery ride. Mr. T wasn't thrilled with how he performed, but Sr. Jr. came in 5th in his race. Here are some pictures of the race: