I finally finished the Faire Isle vest I was knitting for my mom. I began it early this year, intending to give it to her for her birthday, but it didn't go as fast as I'd hoped, and then I fell and needed four months of hand therapy to recover the use of my left hand. Finishing the vest, I'm convinced, has helped me to recover the complete use of the injured hand.
This vest was a kit from Knit Picks, the on-line yarn company. The kit is discontinued, but it was an excellent first major Faire Isle project for me. I sent it off to mom, and she assured me that although she hadn't tried it on yet, she would wear it to church. Arg! I told her wear it often, because it's warm, but I should've realized she would likely save it for special occasions.
The vest is knit in a big tube with decreases for the neck and arm holes. Then I sewed the steeks up on my sewing machine to secure everything, and cut the holes open with a scissors. The little yarn ends felted nicely against each other, so I didn't feel the need to cover them with hem tape or ribbon.
I'm on a roll, so I quilted this top for Michael's new granddaughter Solis, who was born in November. I had the top already made, and I like this toile fabric with a big brother and little sister, and the baby's mom said she was re-using the brown and blue bedding from baby #1, so this seemed a good choice. It felt good to quilt again, so I basted another project and began quilting that one too.