Tuesday, January 06, 2009


New yarn arrived in my mailbox today.

My most generous Uncle Cliffy gave me a gift certificate to Knit Picks for my birthday a few months ago, and I recently decided what I was going to do with it. I spent some (but not all) of it on 9 balls of Elegance in the color Redwood. It's destined to be a sweater vest, a garment I haven't worn since elementary school in the 70s.

I'm using the Perfectly Plain Vest pattern by Julie Gaddy. It originally appeared in Winter 2001 issue of Knitter's Magazine, but is reproduced in Guy Knits, part of the Best of Knitter's series. I got this book and Retro Knits: Cool Vintage Patterns for Men, Women, and Children from the 1900s through the 1970s from my in-laws for Christmas. Lots of cool stuff to mull through!

For reasons that Uncle Cliffy would appreciate, I chose this yarn because it is a nice Alpaca(70%)/Silk(30%) blend. And even though the wool comes from Peru, I'll think of Sir Francis in Gentleman Prefer Blondes, singing to Lorelei...
It's delightful down in Chile
Where the nights are nice and chilly,
And the golden moon is hanging low, oh.

I've already rushed a swatch into production and I'm right on target for gauge. We'll see if that holds out. In the meantime, I'm excited about nerdy armless warmth streaming forth from my new Addi Clicks!


  1. This is such a great color. It reminds me of the rocks in Sedona. Very zen.

    I just got two boxes of strange and wild yarn from freecycle people here in Clear Lake and am already trying to figure out what to do after my "Etude" is done.


  2. Nice color! Neutral and manly but not... grey. Did they not have a grey in this yarn line? :)

  3. The vest is going to be gorgeous in this yarn and color - can't wait to see it!