Tuesday, July 01, 2008


I am very, very pleased with how the Boogie Vest from Knitty.com turned out. I'm especially pleased that I was able to change the neckline to something more to my taste and darn if it didn't work out with hardly any fussing at all. I am getting better at this knitting stuff!
Boogie Vest from Knitty.com
Size: Large - fits like a dream
Knit with: Rowan Scottish Tweed Aran SH 009 using 280 grams (almost three skeins/100g a skein) on size 8 needles. Ribbing along the neck and armholes done on size 7 needles.
Alterations: I changed the neckline to a scoop neck and added K1P2 ribbing to the armholes and K2P2 ribbing to the neckline.
Time it took to knit: Since I left for several days it wasn't a continuous knit. By the morning of the third day I had only the neckline to finish off with ribbing. Overall, less than three days knitting on and off throughout the days. A very fast and enjoyable knit. It will be worn a lot in the Fall and Winter.
Held in Tempe, Arizona by the Phoenix sewing guild which is part of the American Sewing Guild. This was Year 16. Hard to really describe how much fun this was. Suffice to say it was FUN in so many ways my head and heart are still full. Since it was year 16 all the kinks had been worked out leaving nothing left to do but sew, eat, sew, eat, swim in the pool, sew, eat.
Some amount of sleeping.
A whole lot of sewing. A whole lot of eating. I'm still full. Desserts by the dozen. Tables full of fresh fruit, salads, a pasta bar cooked to order. Imagine a lot more and you're not even close. All good, all fattening, all fantastic. I have a lot of "undoing" to do diet-wise. There were 83 of us and I didn't meet up with anyone who wasn't friendly and charming. Dinner table had a different gift every night. There was even yoga for those interested AND I got to spend all my time across from or next to my dear friend, Suzy the Enabler. We even went fabric shopping the evening before it started. Then we ate several pounds of high grade sushi to keep up our strength. I had pineapple champagne from Maui for the very first time. Amazing. Yummy. Must.Have.More.Soon.

The guild takes over the ballroom at the Embassy Suites. I think most people are still outside eating.

Saying that we got silly, um, doesn't quite cover it. I was sad to leave and happy to come home to the hubby who was intensely glad to see me. Walking back to the car I looked in the window and there was Omar! Doggie love. Total devotion. See me smile. See me covered in dog hair. Life is back to normal.


At 12:48 PM, Blogger Valerie said...

The vest is *gorgeous* — I have been thinking about that one too, and I like your altered neckline. And the color! Yummy.

What FUN pics of you and Suzy at the sew-in. It just sounds like loads and loads of fun — excellent.

Was relieved to see in the last post that the fires haven't reached your land. We are frightened annually by the fires here. There are pluses and minuses to rural adjacency...

At 10:54 PM, Blogger bluey said...

The vest is nice... Love the cables and the necklace..

At 5:36 AM, Anonymous gale (she shoots sheep shots) said...

Love that vest!


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