Vest Almost Done

The Sakiori is nearing completion:

I’ve added the seed stitch border to one side. I need to do the other side, then do the collar area, then add toggles and i-chord loops.

Then wash & block and it will be done. I can’t wait. Most of the rest of the work is picking up stitches, and I really hate picking up stitches.

I had a nice talk with Caroline, one of my knitting teachers, about deep philosophical questions this afternoon over fish tacos and chicken quesadillas. I think that we agreed that why we ask those questions is more important than the questions themselves or their answers.

I also got my violin re-strung today with really good strings and did some practicing out in front of the Yarn Barn. Sybil, one of the ladies who works there, wanted to hear what my violin sounds like, so I played her a couple of the pieces I’m working on right now. While I was doing that, an SUV pulled up and this very big guy inside rolled down the passenger window and called out to me, “What are you doing?”

I was a little surprised. I told him that I was just practicing and showing my friend the fiddle. He told me he was a bassist with the San Antonio symphony, and suggested I keep practicing. :-)

Update: the fellow in the SUV was Steve Zeserman.

Not much more to tell about today, and I’ve got a Wheelmen ride tomorrow morning at 8:00. I gotta go to bed.

No Responses to “Vest Almost Done”

  1. Mary Says:

    I realize that your Sakiori project is wayyy old by now, but I have a question, if you’d be willing to lend a brain. Nowhere to turn but the Web, I’m afraid. I can’t find an answer in *Vogue Knitting* or *Readers Digest Complete Guide to Needlework*, and there are no humans in my circle with any insight into matters of knitting.

    Here’s the question: For the side borders, Oberle says to ‘pick up by knitting’ 176 stitches for the size I’m making, saying to “pick up in two rows and skip a row.” I understand the ‘pick up by knitting’ part; but what in the devil’s desk calendar does “pick up in two rows and skip a row” mean? Clearly, I don’t have 176 selvage stitches at my disposal, as the vest has only 112 or so total rows. I just can’t get my mind around the mechanics of what appears to be required; particularly in view of my desire to maintain the seed stitch pattern.

    Yes, I could certainly kludge, but now I’m on a mission… If you can’t reply, or would prefer not to, no worries. Just figured I’d give it a try. Thank you! I’m enjoying your blog.

  2. Jarrett Says:

    Nice work on the vest! I’ve got 2 of them on the needles. One came to a screeching halt when I ran out of the there-absolutely-can-never-be-any-more hand-dyed yarn I was using. Fortunately I was making it tunic length, so all I have to do is frog the side edgings, the collar and all 4 pieces of the body till it’s about 4 inches shorter and re-knit it. I’m using 2 yarns, the hand-dyed merino and Kid Seta. The mohair makes the frogging a bitch.

    Sakiori #2 is almost done — all but the side edgings. It’s also hand-dyed, but this time hand-spun as well.

    Do you have a picture of the finished vest?

  3. TheresaW Says:

    Hey! I went to Trinity University in SA about 10 years ago — graduated class of 91 in Biology. You aren’t by any chance a Trinity Alum, are you? Your name looks very familiar.