First and most important, Laura Nelkin and I teamed up to offer the same special we had at NYSW for our online customers who couldn’t make it to the Festival. Woohoo! Website Special, now through Tuesday, November 1, 2016 ~ purchase STF Vesta to knit Vindur and receive a coupon for a free Vindur pattern on Ravelry (minimum purchase, two skeins of Vesta). You don’t need to do anything else; the coupon will automatically be added to your order!
Back to my own personal Vindur …
My goal was to finish my Vindur sweater in time to display it at NYSW. I had hoped to *completely* finish it, meaning blocked and all, but I didn’t get quite that far.
At just about midnight on Friday evening before the Festival opened, I bound off. No way would it dry overnight so a full blocking was out, and there was no iron in our rental house, so I couldn’t even steam block it. Bummer.
I blocked it as soon as got home …
It’s a lovely, comfortable sweater with unique and fresh details. I really like it. The only changes I would make are to make the sleeves a bit longer, and also the body. For the body, I think I would add a few more stitches when casting on the side, and then perhaps spread the decreases out a bit more, so there are more stitches left at the other side. So, I may just have to knit myself another one. heh.
This one is in Spirit Trail Vesta in the Rose Kissed colorway. The first thing Jackson said when I put it on was “I thought you didn’t like pink.” Obviously, my *prior* (long-standing) aversion to pink is well-known. This isn’t really pink, though, but more of a soft magenta/rose. I think my pink aversion was due to the color of my bedroom when I was little. It was pretty much Pepto Bismol pink (in my memory, anyway, likely it wasn’t that bad) and I got pretty sick of it before we painted my room pale yellow. Who knows. These days, I find that I’m open to just about any color. Perhaps it’s because I work with color every day, that I don’t think I have a *favorite* anymore. So, pink is in!
So, I officially cast on on September 28, 2016 and finished October 14, 2016. Had not NYSW prep gotten in the way (read: too tired to knit in the evening, or just home from the studio too late to consider it), I could have finished it more quickly. Size 11 needles, people! This is a fun, quick knit and the pattern is written so well and so clearly. Really, awesome all around.
Vesta is soft, cushy and so nice to knit. It’s 100% superfine merino (not superwash) bulky weight and, like most soft merino yarns, it will pill. But, the pills are easily removed and don’t affect the appearance of your garment at all once they’re removed.
Like I said at the start, if you’ve been considering knitting this sweater, I’m having a special from now until Tuesday, November 1, 2016: purchase Vesta to knit this sweater from my website (minimum purchase is 2 skeins of Vesta), and get a coupon for a free Vindur pattern on Ravelry with your order!
Happy Making, everyone! And Happy Weekend! Woohoo!