Sunday, December 22, 2013

Another Finish!!

Sporting my new sweater vest!

Are those angels singing???  Probably just a joyful Christmas song spinning round my happy brain, but surely the celestial beings are at least a little happy about this finish!! 

I'm determined to become a Finisher like my friend Sarah.  She makes a list every week and finishes things.  It's a miracle....nothing short of a miracle, at least to a procrastinating non-finisher like me. 
But that's all changing.  I am transforming into the Joyful Finisher!

I'm still pinching myself that this vest is finished.  It has been lingering for well over a year just waiting for me to knit the button loops!  That's really embarrassing to admit, but I think that may be a piece of the mystery to my unfinished projects.  I get stuck--for a variety of reasons, but stuck none-the-less. Anyway, I didn't know how to knit the loops so instead of putting some effort into figuring that out, I put the whole thing away.  Once a project gets set aside with an issue, it's REALLY hard to pick it up and run with it again. 

This sweater vest has so much learning in it! 

**I spun the yarn from fleece that I blended.  It's bulky, but soft and a bit silky to touch.  Very warm!

**I learned to make cables!  Fun!

**First steek!  This was knit in the round and then cut down the front. 

cables run down the back

This pattern is in the book Handknitting with Meg Swanson (affiliate link to Amazon).  I bought a video by Meg that teaches the construction step-by-step.  I highly recommend the book and video for learning these techniques. 

I still need to block it and I think I'll add one more loop and button to the front (now that I know how!!).  I'm a happy camper!

I hope you are blessed with a finish this week, too!

Praising God in All Things!

Linked to Kathy's Slow Stitching Sunday!


  1. Brava!!!!! Congrats on the finish - and on all that you learned along the way :*) It's a marvelous sweater and you will shine with pride every time you wear it!

  2. Kudos to you...fabulous vest/sweater. Oh, how I wish my joints would let me go back to my OCD knitting. Sadly, not anymore. Seeing knitted pieces like this warm my soul. Beautiful work...and it fits great! genie

  3. I love your vest! To think you spun the yarn, now I am really impressed! I have been working on my list of quilts to be done and have been celebrating a few finishes. They are actually better than starting something new!

  4. Congratulations on being a joyful finisher!
    Thanks for linking up to Slow Stitching!

  5. Love the vest. You did a great job.

  6. That is a project well worth finishing. What a useful and beautiful piece of clothing! I bow at your feet in admiration. I could do the knitting, but never with the yarn I've spun! I have the equipment, but not the skill!

  7. Your vest is awesome. I can knit scarves but that is about it. Stay warm!

  8. VERY well done, and I am quite impressed that you steeked something -- that is a bridge that I have yet to cross. Congratulations!

  9. What a beautiful vest. I want to be a finisher too!

  10. I hear you on how hard it is to get something out when you've put it away because you're stuck on the next thing. Congratulations for learning how to make the loops and finishing it up. It looks like a very comfy vest! I am in awe of anyone who knits or crochets. That gene seems to have skipped me.

  11. Wow! You have jumped way beyond my skill level. I never even heard of the term 'steek' before. It looks FABULOUS!