Published on Thursday May 8th, 2008

I told you I couldn’t resist swatching all that sock yarn, once I had the idea to make a Confectionary Vest rather than a Confectionary Tank, remember?

I thought this stitch pattern might be a chore, with those extended-slipped-crossed stitches, but it turns out it’s addictive. (Hence my swatch is twice as tall as it needs to be.) I’m still playing with the arrangement of the colors, but it feels like painting, and it’s extraordinarily satisfying. Can you picture it as a vest, with some 2-color corrugated ribbing for trim? I think it might be just the thing for next fall.

I won’t start knitting it before then, unfortunately. I’m creeping up on the completion of my secret Shibui project, and the Ivy stole will be finished in ten days if I have to stay up nights to do it, but then it’s going to be full steam ahead with my secret Popknits project and the Indigo Ripples Skirt. I really should take a swing at finishing my three-year-old Frost Flowers pullover, and then there’s that bag of Cashcotton 4-Ply in the stash suddenly begging to be an Apres-Surf Hoodie. Not to mention all the babies hitting the ground in August and needing little sweaters for the fall. What’s a girl to do, especially when she’s got sewing projects tempting her, too? Resist buying yellow and white and gray and black fabric for this (thanks a lot, Alison) or this (it was the embroidered bicycles that sent me over the edge), for starters.

11 Comments to “Confectionary”

  1. Val Comment Says:

    ohhh, your Confectionary Vest is going to be awesome. I love the way the stitch pattern creates an automatic colour transition!

  2. Veronique Comment Says:

    Love the swatch! I think I didn’t look closely at the small photo of the Confectionary Tank, so I had no idea how great the stitch pattern is.
    Good luck on the secret project!

  3. Rachel Comment Says:

    Cool! I think I’d even enjoy swatching that one…

  4. Nonnahs Comment Says:

    Ooooh! I’m love the way that’s looking! Fun!

  5. Mackenzie Comment Says:

    That yarn is beautiful! It’s just so much fun to start a new project when you have a million others to finish, trust me, I know.

  6. Sandy Comment Says:

    Freaking Gorgeous! Man are you talented!

  7. Debby Comment Says:

    Discipline is so hard when you have a new project you’re excited about! I have a new Louisa Harding book and want to throw current projects to the wind and just start one of her sweaters. Good thing I have absolutely no yarn in the stash to do so! How you are going to resist that vest, I don’t know.

    Embroidered bicycles would send me over the edge too. Wow.

  8. Seanna Lea Comment Says:

    I did like the tank top, though it was much too bright for me. I had no idea though that it was made with sock weight yarn. I’ll have to check it out!

  9. gleek Comment Says:

    wow, lots on your plate! i love your color choices for that swatch. it’ll be interesting to see you turn it into a vest (and why am i all into vests all of a sudden? i really want to knit one.)

  10. Lynn Comment Says:

    What a luscious swatch! It’s fun for me to see how the cooler, tree-filtered light where you live has influenced your color choices. This is going to be gorgeous, and I may have to play with that pattern myself. Thank you, I think???

  11. Romi Comment Says:

    That looks incredibly cool!