"Let's be cheerful"! We have no more right to steal the brightness out of the day for our own family than we have to steal the purse of a stranger. Let us be as careful that our homes are furnished with pleasant & happy thoughts as we are that the rugs are the right color and texture & the furniture comfortable and beautiful"! Laura Ingalls Wilder

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

another original plain vest


After frogging the EZ bunting that has been on my needles for over a year, I found myself with a mountain of beautifully thick and thin 'ramen noodles'... you froggers out there know what I'm talking about.  The bunting was taking more yarn than I was wanting to spin (already over 1/2 a pound had been spun, plied, skeined and knit) and still I was only about half done with the project.

So, I made the decision to pull it apart and find another use for the yarn.  This free pattern is for a size 1 and calls for dk weight yarn and size 9 needles.  I've made it twice in the past, never using the recommended yarn and winding up with about a size 6 mo. and a size 1 respectively.  Using this bulky handspun and size 10 needles I have here a lovely 4ish?  I took these pictures the other day and it's actually blocking right now.  I just need to sew the buttons on (they are just laying there in the photo) and it's ready to wear.

I thought I'd mention a couple of thing that I did in addition to what the pattern called for.  I put in pockets according to the directions for EZ's Tomten as found in her book and I crocheted around the arm openings for a strong, tidy finish.  I'll submit pictures of it completely finished later this week.


I'm reading the Ragamuffin Gospel.  I was familiar with the title so when I found it at the local thrift I put it in my basket.  I'm only a couple of chapters in so the jury is still out.  Brennan Manning has made a few really good points but I'm not sure where he is headed yet.  Forward by Michael W. Smith and testimony by Rich Mullins is a good endorsement so I'm eager to get to the meat of the message. 




Joining Ginny's Yarn Along
Blessings, Debbie

40 comments:

  1. That's a very cute design for a vest, and your handspun is beautiful.

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  2. love. love. love. this little vest, Debbie! Your handspun is so beautiful. One of these days I may have to give spinning a try. My knitter friends who do say it is addictive... I say I don't need another addiction in my life! LOL! But, this is so beautiful, I'm tempted. blessings ~ tanna

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  3. What a talent you are Debbie, spinning and adding to patterns! I really do wish I had a reason to baby knit, the best knitting in my book.

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  4. I heard good things about The Ragamuffin Gospel, but didn't really like it. I tried. Maybe I just didn't like his style of writing???? I'll be anxious to hear what you think about it in the end.
    Vest? All good! Who knew ramen noodles were so flexible. :-)
    love, d.

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  5. It's lovely! and I know exactly what kind of ramen noodles you are talking about-been there, done that.

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  6. That's very cute! I only do "flat" knitting, you know ... scarves, shawls, etc. So I'm interested to see exactly what you're doing with those two pockets. Lovely!!!

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  7. the vest is so cute!!!!! lovely yarn.
    happy knitting,
    regina

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  8. YAY for using handspsun! I'm still a beginning spinner and hope to be able to spin a yarn decent enough to actually knit with in the near future so I LOVE seeing your handspun in action!

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  9. I love it! I love white on babies, too.

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  10. I love your vest! And pockets? I've never done pockets before...

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  11. Wonderful! The vest is darling and I think your homespun yarn is gorgeous. Oh, how I want to learn to spin! :)

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  12. I love the natural color of the yarn! ha..ramen noodles...my kids love those...I haven't bought them in a long while. Kids in college appreciate them!

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  13. Lovely vest. I will be interested in your opinion when you are finished.
    I get so far in that book and I just don't like it. Being uncomfortable because God has his finger on me is different than what I get from that book. In fact I have two friends who gave it to me two different times so maybe I need to look at it again. :)

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  14. Oh Debbie!

    One day! One day I am going to knit sweet things like this for my granddaughter! I love it!

    Deanna

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  15. The vest is cute and the yarn looks very beautiful.

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  16. What a beautiful little piece of yarn-y goodness, Debbie! I love it!

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  17. Adorable knittery. Gramma is going to be knittin' up a storm!

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  18. I love your vest! just gorgeous!
    I have read part of The Ragamuffin Gospel but was reading it with a group and we haven't finished it. I did like what I read... it was challenging and encouraging to me. I Will look forward to hearing your thoughts on it!

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  19. Oh, I do love that vest...I have a 4ish girl who would love one like it, so I thank you for the tips on getting the larger size (I've made her 2 of these Plain Vests in the past). I will be looking for some neutral thick and thin like yours, so much do I admire your final product!

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  20. I love that vest pattern--it's a goody! Do let us know your thoughts on the Ragamuffin Gospel.

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  21. I've been wanting to read Ragamuffin Gospel for years! I hope you like it.

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  22. I never get tired of that little vest pattern. I love that you are adding some pockets this time. Lucky kid to get that gift.

    Hugs,
    JB

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  23. Brand new follower. Love your blog. What a neat vest. Ragamuffin Gospel sounds interesting. Maybe you could do a review when you are finished. Looking for ward to more of your posts!
    http://dayinthelife2013.blogspot.com/

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  24. That is lovely work! You are talented in this way. I wish you could teach me :)

    and what a wonderful book, it makes me curious.

    Blessing,

    Delvalina

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  25. That little vest is so pretty and simple. I love it. It will be darling.
    Love Brennan Manning! My hubs does too. He has read everything that he has written. I hope you like it.

    Have a great week!

    ~Liz

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  26. I'll look forward to your book review... I have owned it for years but never really got into it. I'm not sure I made it as far as you, even. Love the yarn you're using. It reminds me of Alicia Paulson saying that she likes when a sweater looks like it was made by hands. Nice work. :)

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  27. what a sweet, sweet little vest !

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  28. What a nice looking vest. And I love the yarn...handspun and gorgeous! You are a very talented lady. I've been having a hard time getting into reading anything lately. Can't seem to hold a thought long enough to get through a page without my mind wandering!

    Cindy Bee

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  29. Such a wonderful vest !! I love it
    Have a great day.

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  30. adorable! and ohhhh that yarn~ scrumptious!

    thanks for stopping by my blog, nice to meet you!

    happy weekending~

    katie

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  31. Oh so sweet! That is going to be one well dressed baby. :)

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  32. I've knitted the Plain vest as well and given it as a gift. I used a Noro Type yarn....it came out darling.
    I wish I could convert it to an adult pattern...I think it would Work too....

    Yours is plain white is darling.

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  33. Something about homespun yarn that makes you want the best result from it once its knitted up. I'm about to unravel a wip for the second time. It just wasn't right, so my handspun yarn is going to be made into something else instead. It will be better this time. Your vest looks perfect.

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  34. I've been catching up. So good to read of your goings on. I'm always amazed at the knitting talent out there. Love that vest! Congratulations on the impending arrival of a very special little one!

    Blessings!
    Deborah

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  35. That yarn was made for the Plain vest - so sweet! I finally broke down and bought the rest of the sizes since my Lena is now headed into a 2T. Can't wait to see pictures of your newest family member soon!

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  36. What a beautiful vest! I've enjoyed your knitting posts and am inspired by the tender and sweet knits you've made. Your granddaughter is already so loved and will be dressed in such wholesome and special homemade clothing made by Grandma!

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