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Thursday, January 4, 2007 KIPKIPKIPKIPit

Tracey writes: “So thank you, screw them, and
keep on keeping on.”



Here we have the fabby back of my Mondo Cable Shell/VEST (!).

I swear I didn’t do this.

I swear I didn’t finagle the yarn stripes so they’d end on a GREEN series.

But hey. Why look a yarn horse in the mouth.

YES! It’s 2007 and I indeed intend to mangle and misuse as many metaphors as I can get my hands on.

This will look great under Red Hair, non?

After seeing the incredible Ribby Shell/Vest Corinne made out of Noro Kureyon #116 which she has graciously allowed me to reproduce here:


I decided to just LET the COLOR HAPPEN.

As I shaped the top of the vest, the stripe repeats became wider but still graduated in tone and scope. You can see this happen on Corinne’s vest too – the darkening of the skinnier parts means more dense striping.

I was tempted at one point to alternate skeins, but I must admit, this always seems Too Much Aggravation. I would rather the Yarn Muses who crafted these strands have their natural way. Rarely have I ripped because of pooling – a little bit just might make a cool shape –

I do like this idea though seen on scarves about town: one row of Noro, one row of a solid color. OR Alternate 2 different (3 different?!) colors of Noro…

The Front awaits…

16 responses to “Thursday, January 4, 2007 KIPKIPKIPKIPit”

  1. Toby Wollin says:

    MMMMM, I think this rates a definite “YUMMY!!!” That is just fantastic. Forget the two cardis I’ve got on the needles – I’m heading off to V-neck Vest-land.

  2. Corinne says:

    I considered trying to match the top front of mine,and I had plenty of yarn to do it. Then I decided that the mismatch at the top would give the vest a little more of an edgy look. I think there’s enough of black in this colorway that it’s not terribly obvious.

  3. Carol says:

    That’s fabulous! I think red hair under that would be perrrrfect!

  4. Wannietta says:

    I love Noro!!! I generally let it do what it will and don’t stress – even when joining a new ball there is no matching the ends. I have, once or twice, matched the fronts on jackets; more because it was a store sample and the pattern picture was matched.

    I see a Ribby Vest in my near future …

  5. Jen says:

    Great colors!

  6. chris says:

    I love the colors of your shell/vest! I’m soooo tempted to drop everything and start one!

  7. Tracey says:

    Red heads look so sultry in green. This vest is going to be fabulous. I love the idea of the shell being a vest. I have wanted to add a sweater vest or two to the ‘ol work wardrobe. Sheesh, quit tempting me. Wait until I get my Ribbi Cardi finished first!

  8. Gaile says:

    That will look great with your hair! Those are colours I can never wear, unfortunately. Can’t wait to see the front.

  9. Gorgeous! My absolute fabvorite Noro colorway. I have a Silk Garden hat in the same colors–say the word and it’s yours.

  10. scout says:

    When do we get to see you wearing the New Year’s Eve top!?

  11. Christa says:

    Nice vest :)

    Another fun use of Noro is for simple Fair Isle without a billion balls – K2 of colour A, K2 of colour B (or a second ball of colour A, starting at a different location in the colour repeat)… over a multiple of 4 if you want vertical sections of your horizontal stripes, or a mutiple of 4 +/-1 to get nifty diagonal lines of colour-changing Fair Isle goodness!

  12. Sheila says:

    Great vest. I love the colors. Knit fast in 2007.

  13. I like the way the striping worked out….it makes the vest more interesting.

  14. amisha says:

    mmmm… noro. there are so many wonderful ideas for that stripey goodness… the corrugated ribbing on indigirl’s knitty sweater.. and i love the scarf in “last minute knitted gifts” that is 2 skeins alternated every couple of rows.
    your vest is looking lovely!

  15. Regan says:

    Gorgeous! I’m greeeeen with envy. Now I’m lusting after some Noro, too.

  16. sahara says:

    Hey there Bonne!

    Happy New Year to you! And the vest looks phat!

    The alternating formula for Noro you mention is more attractive for me, as I found the yarn a bit much, by itself.

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