Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Ashby Vest


Pockets!




I just finished up a modified pattern. The original pattern is called Ashby by Leila Raabe it was published by Brooklyn Tweed. I chose this pattern to knit along with the Girls in Sheep Clothing.....and a few boys too. I had made an Ashby in the past and this time I thought I'd change it up a bit. I had really wanted to join the KAL, but I also really wanted to make a cardigan. So I modified the components of the shawl and turned them into a vest. I am thrilled how it came out.

The yarn I used is The Fibre Company's Canopy Worsted in the colorway Orchid. I used 4 skeins (each skein is 200 yards). The base of the yarn is 50% baby alpaca, 30% merino, 20% viscose bamboo. I really love this yarn. For the lining of the pockets I used some stash alpaca yarn.

And I also finished (a while a go, but never took pictures).
My Big Ugly Brown Sweater



I wanted to make a sweater I could wear to the farm and get dirty and not be sad about it. Since hand knits cost so much to make.....most of the time..... I wanted an inexpensive sweater I could wear anywhere and not worry about getting ruined. Hence My Big Ugly Brown Sweater.  I made it out of Berroco Vintage Chunky ... a machine washable blend :)  I wear it all the time around the house. The sleeves are even (just in case you were wondering they are just wonky in this picture). It was sooooo cold when I took these pictures, BTW thank you Freddy for taking the pictures!  As for pattern notes there are none at this time. I have modified much prettier versions of this that I will publish in the future. For now this one is a one of a kind.

Have a great day and keep warm!


ps- For reading I am still listening to "The Fiery Cross" it is part of the Outlander Book Series. I am obsessed with it!!!! 

Also Lily wanted to say hi and she thinks I should knit her fleece into another vest for myself :)




18 comments:

Tracey ~ Clover said...

You are so talented Andee, I love your Ashby!
I do hope you publish a pattern for your one of a kind ugly brown sweater, it looks like a perfect design to wear here in the south where we don't really need to wear a coat, but a sweater would be nice.

harknessangels said...

Love your finished Ashby vest/cardigan! Stunning! The Ugly Brown Sweater looks perfect to wear around the farm!

Donna said...

Both are just beautiful! I especially love Ashby. That white yarn was perfect.

Laura at Beehive Rugs said...

Love the Ashby and Lily is looking cute!

Shirley :: Under An English Sky said...

That Ashby is beautiful and everyone needs an Ugly Brown Sweater in my opinion ;) - perfect for gardening in on cold wintery days.

Sara said...

These are great! Lovely work! I was hoping to make a sweater for myself next, but I might go looking for a vest pattern now!

Juliana said...

I love both of these sweaters! Make what you will wear--however that works out. I think the brown sweater is quite nice, myself. The vest is stunning, though--all the intricate stitch work is amazing.

Heather said...

Oh I love both of those knits! So wonderful! I could really use some of those sweaters with the weather we have been having lately...

Ranee @ Arabian Knits said...

That vest is lovely. And though I am not in love with the color of the second, I don't think it is ugly.

Jen Letts said...

Pockets rule!

Debbie said...

just beautiful.....and the vest too!!

and that lily, what a show-off, in the snow!!!

Julie Crawford said...

that vest is so beautiful!! I'll be contacting you for a Mod Monday, for sure! And holy smokes, your alpacas are freaking adorable.

karen said...

both of your knits are lovely, love the ashby mods and pockets!!! you won me over with that :) Love the brown sweater as well.

thecrazysheeplady said...

Lily is stunning! And I always love your knitting :-).

willfulmina said...

I'm reading Outlander too! Though I'm only on the first book. Love your mods to that pattern! It's a whole new piece.

CathieJ said...

That vest is beautiful. You did a great job modifying the pattern.

Plain and Joyful Living said...

Such wonderful knitting and the pieces you made are functional too!

The Sitting Tree said...

I really like the lines of the vest and how it has just the right amount of length to wear leggings.