Thursday, January 19, 2012

Noro Knitted Vest

I am so glad you like the new look of Mereknits.  My sister is a genius that is for sure.  Now when I want to feel really cool I jump on my blog, because my blog makes me look a lot better than I am.  I sort of feel like I am in middle school and I have just been allowed to join the cool kids.

So in case you were wondering I still know how to knit.  Actually I have been knitting this Noro vest at a snails pace and it is finally completed.  Want to take a look?

 This vest is made with Noro Taiyo in color 12.  You all know about my love/hate relationship with Noro, and this yarn is no different.  I purchased this a while back to make a sideways vest from the new Noro book.  I swatched and swatched to get the right  gauge and finally decided that I was being foolish.  A sideways vest looks great but can be a big disaster if it doesn't fit right.  I speak with full experience on this matter.  If you make a sideways sweater there isn't a great way to fix the problem of it being too big.  There aren't any it is rip, rip, rip.

 I decided to go back to a tried and true classic vest that has ample room for fixing errors in the size.  From the Noro Joy book I give you Marina.  I have made this before in a colorway I adore, so I knew I could make it, I just wasn't sure I was going to like the results.

 I'm not sure I actually do like it, but what I do like is that it is finished.  I knew this colorway was not for me, yet when the Noro fumes overtook me at the yarn store it ended up in my basket.   

 I love the vest below also made from Noro, Silk Garden if I recall correctly.  I decided to make the new version about two inches longer for a little variety and to use up more yarn.

These colors are much more my style.  I will try to take a picture of the new vest on me tomorrow.  I am hoping it looks better than it does in the pictures.

I am off to the yarn store in Tampa after work today.  I am looking for some yarn to make one of two amazing crochet projects from the new Interweave Crochet magazine.  I have made two separate attempts to find yarn for these projects with no luck.  I have looked online but have not been thrilled with my choices, and I have to say I love to feel yarn before I purchase it.  Wish me luck and give me strength to stay away from the wall of Noro Yarn that will be beckoning me.


moonstruckcreations said...

Love the new look blog Meredith.

Your knitting skills are amazing!


Marjo said...

Beautiful !! I love the colours so much


by Teresa said...

Meredith.. both of your vests are outstanding! I bet you get tons of compliments on them. I can't wait to see you model your new one. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Claudia said...

The vests are very lovely. I definitely have a love/hate thing with Noro. I don't really like the texture (is that crazy?)

Have fun at the yarn store!


kathy b said...

You make me laugh....I m am casting on with a similar NORO yarn from a fume high I got a ways back in a LYS.

Rose said...

I love your new look! I love Noro yarn too but only make accessories with it. Your vest looks great; good luck at the yarn store!

brsmaryland said...

You ARE one of the cool kids ;-)
The vests are really nice. I know what you mean about Noro...the colors are so enticing but it ends up being kind of scratchy. I still have plenty in my stash too.

Cozy Little House said...

Yep, she's a genius, and one hell of a friend, that sister of yours! Oh, what I'd give to be able to make beautiful pieces like you make, Mere.

Rose Red said...

Well that is a really cute vest!

Good luck with your trip to the yarn store! Step away from the Noro!

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Grateful4Crochet said...

I LOVE your new look. your sister is so talented!! I'm a bit challenged like you, I often think about having a play around with my blog look, but I'm fairly sure I would break it!!!
Love your Noro vest, and good luck with the temptation

Susan H. said...

Hi Meredith. I have been having trouble commenting on your blog. The vest looks GREAT and I love, love, Love that pink/purple colored scarf from the last post. The colors are super.
Xo Susan

Susan H. said...

P.s. I am posting from my iPhone!!

Karen said...

So cute! And the colors are just beautiful. I love vests. I'm curious, do you listen to music or watch t.v. when you knit? I've started quilting again, and I find that when I do hand projects, I usually work in silence. It's hard to concentrate when something else is going on and I like to let my mind wander. Sometimes I think it would be nice to watch a movie or something, but it's hard watching two things at once. I guess if you've been knitting long enough, you don't have to watch what you're doing all the time? Rambling question, but just wondering!