Here’s my progress on the Aleita Shell. I’m making the 36″ size and I’m hoping it fits. My gauge, I confess, wasn’t exactly spot on but I decided to go for it and I’m slightly concerned it’s going to be too small. I’m hoping the wonders of blocking and the distortion of being smushed on a circular needle prove me wrong. (If I wasn’t quite so lazy, I might put it on some scrap yarn and give it a whirl, but I guess I haven’t reached that level of concern.)
I’ve never been a vest wearer and I promise I’d look terrible wearing one the traditional way — over a white, long-sleeved button-down. But I’ve seen several cute versions of this vest on Ravelry worn with a t-shirt — and I think I can pull that off. Again, I’m crossing my fingers that my instincts are correct here.
The yarn is Knit Picks’s new DK City Tweed in the color chipmunk, a soft brown which should look good over a white or black t-shirt. Here’s the yarn up close on the ball…
…and knit up:
By the way in the top photo above, do you see the thin pink yarn hanging down? That’s my lifeline. Even though I’m now an advanced knitter, I remain a devoted user of lifelines, even for simple stockinette-stitch pieces. When I have that insurance policy, I knit with a bit more abandon, a lot more confidence. It’s worth the minute or two it takes to establish it. With knitting as a frequent metaphor for life, I’ve often considered the other kinds of lifelines I rely on. First that comes to mind is my kind, stable husband. But I know I have others. I’ll keep pondering…and knitting.