Sweater 3: Actually, it’s a Vest

As soon as I set this sweater aside, I was ready to make yet another. I had a modular vest pattern from Creative Knitting’s September 2008 issue which called for hand-dyed yarn. (Notice how it’s always the pattern on the cover that gets me to buy the book?)

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Again, I didn’t have to go shopping. The deformed sweater I made years ago was made with a beautiful blue and purple hand-dyed yarn I had been given. I decided to salvage the yarn by taking the sweater apart. Unfortunately, I didn’t think about what I needed to do very carefully. I grabbed a pair of scissors and started by cutting off the collar and cutting the sleeves off the body. Before I got any further, I realized my mistake. In order to unravel large lengths of yarn, I needed to carefully take the sweater apart by cutting through the seams. I was able to salvage all the sleeve yarn and most of the front and back, but I have a couple pieces that I will probably just felt in the washer rather than make myself crazy pulling them apart. I am almost finished with the vest, and I still have a little yarn to work with, so I think I’m going to pull this one off as well.

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Tomorrow: Sweater 4? or is Kit Ready to Hang up her Needles?

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Kit Dunsmore

Kit Dunsmore has believed in the magic underlying the muggle world since she was a child searching for the Shetland pony pooka she was sure was hiding in her back yard. She learned early on that books were magic doors into other worlds, and that she could revisit a beloved character or place by opening the right book. As she grew, she decided she wanted to make magic with words, too. Today Kit writes about things she loves: poodles and dragons, witches and artists, quirky underdogs and loyal friends. Whether her setting is 6th-century England, the imaginary Twelve Kingdoms, or an art-obsessed version of modern America, magic always finds its way into her story. She enjoys turning fairy tales inside out and watching characters sacrifice everything to reach their goal, but she also believes in happy endings. When she isn't writing, Kit experiences magic by making things with her hands. Over the years, she's made quilts, fabric sculptures, collages, sweaters, and blank books. Her newest interest is learning how to spin her own yarn, a skill guaranteed to strengthen one of her many delusions: that she is a self-sufficient pioneer woman. She also thinks she is a hobbit, a witch, an artist, and a good cook. Living in the foothills of Colorado, Kit enjoys the giant skies and prairie landscapes which suit her need for wide open spaces. In addition to hiking through glorious scenery with her husband or imagining herself living in the Middle Ages, Kit works as a pillow for her miniature poodle and polishes the next small piece of her handmade life.

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