It's been busy chez yoel. Just 8 more days until the big bad board exam! I did manage to finish--4 days early and 2.5 balls of yarn to spare (never heard-of for a gift project!)--a green vest for DH for his birthday. Woot woot! Celebrations have been rather subdued, what with the studying and all, but he did get to wear his vest on his birthday, like a day-long hug.
Isn't he a cutie, even in the harsh hurried light of dawn before work? The directions are from the sleeveless sweater in Barbara Walker's Knitting from the Top. This book is awesome. The yarn is Lambswool and Cashmere, by Simply Shetland, and I used about 4.5 balls. Yes, it pays to have a svelte SO--they make for faster and cheaper FO's. This is the best v-neck band I've done so far...I think I've cracked the secret. If I can replicate it I'll let you all in on it.
I think my armhole ribbing was pretty nice too. At the very end, when I was doing the bottom hem ribbing and endlessly bitching about how much I hate knitting ribbing, DH commented, "Ribbing, not for her pleasure." This should be this blog's motto!
DH now has vests in blue, gray, and green. He still wants a vest each in mustard yellow, choc brown, rust/orange, and sky blue. Oh, and some with stripes too! Anyone have a knitting machine they want to donate?