So - quite fresh off the needles are this vintage style vest for a very good friend.
I've dubbed this Zep's Zig Zags :-)
I adapted this from a vintage pattern - circa 1930s or 40s.
The original pattern is called "Forbes" from "Patons Knitting Book No. 338" it was a jumper for a man, in a 3ply yarn (that's Light Fingering) which is far too much work for a commission - even for a very good friend! I adapted up to 5ply which still took absolutely ages - the yarn I used is Bendigo Woollen Mills 5ply "Classic" in "Mayfair".
The vertical lines and horizontal zig zags are on the back too.
The original pattern also had the Zig Zags just above the hip basque - we thought that was a little TOO fussy.
and a close up of the front
I've also been knitting up samples for Sydney's main craft store Morris & Sons.
One Ball Samples - to show what the yarn looks and feels like when knitted and how much knitted fabric you get from one ball of it.
The brick colour is Maya 14ply / Super Bulky - colour 3420 “warm spices” dyelot 215446, the needles 7mm - sample is 29sts wide.
The green is Maya 8ply / DK - colour 3823 “grass” dyelot 215879, needles 4mm / US 6 - sample is 45 sts wide.
Then - unfinished (and it'll take forever to knit through that 1 x 50gr ball) pumpkin colour is Maya Laceweight / 2ply - colour 3218 “sunset” dyelot 215472, needles 2.75mm US 2 - sample is 73sts wide
Isn't it interesting how much more knitting you get from a really thin yarn! Probably why those vintage knitting patterns are nearly always for thin yarn is that it is so much more economical - all except it terms of the time spent doing the knitting!
This self-striping Mohair sample is Schoppel Wolle “Mohair Lady” colour
376 1874ombre - I used 5mm US 8 needles and the sample is 45sts wide.
Love the fire-like colours of this self-striping yarn - it is a nice whiskery mohair too.
And, because no post on the blog can be completely without photographs of Blythe dolls these days! Here are Lillian and Imogen modelling new knitted Ombre Skirts.
|Imogen : Do you think they'll notice our tiaras?|
|Mummy planted all these purple flowers just for me.|
Lillian's skirt is purple & pink - perfect with her new purple top and lace-top sockings (from Cool Cat)
Imogen : "My new skirt looks better without the shirt tucked in - this makes my hips look enormous!"
Me: "Possibly, but I do want to show everyone the whole of the skirt."
Imogen : "hmmm OK but I'm going to pout!"