Continuing in my quest to be named "Worst Digital Photographer Ever," I present some updated photos of the Back to School Vest. I've finished the front:
Here's a close-up view of how I managed to transition the main cable to a V-framing simple 4-stitch, 4-row cable:
I know it's not easy to see, but this was the best photo I took, believe it or not. I'm going to keep knitting on one of those cables, then sew it down across the back neck. The cable looks pretty finished as it is, so no ribbing will go there. I think I will add ribbing around the armholes to provide a more finished look there. I increased the number of decreases on the armholes to accommodate the ribbing. So far, so good. It's not the best thing I've ever designed, but it's not the worst, either.
Ravelry has exposed me to a lot more crochet than I had seen before. When I was growing up, my mother crocheted a bunch of granny square afghans (out of acrylic, natch), which left me with a lingering distaste for the craft. She tried to teach me, but I got bored. I think if I had loved the product more, I'd have been more into learning the process. More and more crochet began to seep into my consciousness over the years -- a pretty sweater edging here, a nice scarf there. A few years ago, I took a crochet edging class at the late, lamented Woolly Knits, which left me with the ability to do a few basic crochet stitches -- nothing more complicated than a single, double, or half-treble stitch. A few years after that, Interweave Knits' Nantucket Jacket had a pretty shell-like crochet edging on it. So I gathered up my confidence and knit the sweater. When the knitting was done, I took out my swatch and practiced the edging. It worked! Brilliant! And it was fun, too.
But it really was the advent of Ravelry that made me sit up and take notice. I won't link you to individual favorites of mine, but I encourage you to go browse some of the crochet projects Ravelers have posted. There are beautiful lace pieces, adorable amigurumi, and pretty scarves and sweaters. Yesterday, I got the new Interweave Crochet magazine. This has only fueled my crochet envy. There are some really beautiful projects in the magazine (each word is a separate link there). Alas, when I look at the directions, I suddenly feel completely lost. One day, I'll sit down and puzzle it all out. I guess that will be the day that I also have time to work out, knit, spin, AND clean my house :)