Monday, May 21, 2018

Better Late than Never

Just a quick post to show off my latest finished garment, the Shoreline Vest.

I really fell for this pattern when it was published in late 2015 in Carrie Bostick Hoge's Swoon Maine. I bought the book at Stitches West in February 2016, and within a week purchased the yarn used in the pattern, Peace Fleece DK/sport, and cast on. I worked on the vest pretty steadily for a couple months, and then intermittently for several months after that. Then shortly before Christmas 2016, I put the project bag in the back of the closet and promised myself I would pull it out after the holidays.  Surprise, surprise that didn't happen. I would think about it every now and then, but some other project always seemed more urgent.

Fast forward to late March of this year. I was looking at the "Friend Activity" tab in Ravelry and noticed that one of my retreat friends, Dagmar, had finished the same pattern in a very similar color yarn to mine. It looked so nice on her that it got me thinking about that vest hiding in the back of my closet. I pulled it out, and within about ten days, and with probably no more than eight hours of knitting, the vest was finished! I really love it, and wore it several times before the weather got too warm for wool vests. I know it will get a lot of wear next fall and winter.

The lesson in all this is that I should just power through my project when I hit the doldrums, because inevitably I'll love the finished object when I'm done. You will discover soon that I haven't learned this lesson completely as yet. There will be more to come on this topic in the coming months, I promise.