Still hot and humid and summer vacation here, and although I thought I couldn't get any slower, I think I did... it seems to be the hottest and most exhausting summer but of course I never have been that old before...
It was my birthday last week and we had a nice family day out, went to Enoshima, visited none of the tourist attractions, just had a very lovely, slow-paced day. I might show you some photos later on... thought I would write about it earlier but the week just flew by.
I finished the little vest last week and managed to take photos yesterday... again a quite challenging photo shoot, just too hot for wearing a warm, woolen vest.
But I am looking forward to autumn and think this vest is a very wearable addition to my closet.
I am no big fan of cropped, so I made the vest a bit longer than the pattern calls for (and added a button). It's still short but I am comfortable with its new length. It's looking very rustic and not so fitted as the original. And I haven't blocked it after I did the border at the armholes, so it looks a bit tight there, especially with the rather wide sleeves of my blouse, but it really is wide enough.
To add more lovely and cute to this posting... more flowers from the walk last week.
I told you about the buttons I made for the vest. They are just sliced Christmas Tree from two years back, not much processed and with only two holes. I didn't take any measurements and didn't use a template for placing the wholes, because I did not try to make them look refined in any way. The bark I treated with sandpaper to make the buttons slide easier through the buttonholes. It took a bit from the rusticness but the things shall work as buttons after all... As a finish I used an oil based varnish.
As for the yarn I want to say I really like it. It is nice to work with and I love how all these colours come together to add to the different colourways, making the yarn look very lively. It is rough and honest. And I would not call it scratchy, but I know some would. And it doesn't break easily but it is breakable easily. I am knitting rather tightly and had no difficulties.
Hope your week is going well!
It started raining again here, hopefully it's cooling down a bit soon.
PS: I finally added a photo of the fence where the clasp for my neck warmer came from over at Flickr.