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It all started when I made a vest and sweater for my sons and our friend Julie was full of praise. It inspired me to make a grown up vest, which Julie and Nick ended up buying from me at the Craft fair. I was curious how they would share this one vest, and it turned out that Julie was the one who got to keep it.

nick and julie

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So Nick asked me if I would make another one, if he made something for me in exchange. I had long been complaining about not being able to find clothes I like, so we decided I would knit him a vest and he'd sew a skirt for me. Nick wanted an 'all knit' vest, vs incorporating sheep skin as I had done in the other pieces. We went to our beloved Purl, picked out a nice soft alpaca yarn, and Nick brought in a vest he liked the fit of, so I would have a 'pattern' to copy. It was sort of refreshing to be able to just make something without worrying about a 'how to' for someone else to be able to follow ... to just create this one of a kind piece of clothing. Last week I finally finished it (a bit late in the season, but the next winter is just around the corner). Nick looks great in it, no !?

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Nick in his new vest

1 Nick in his new vest

from the side

2 from the side

from the back

3 from the back

the yarn used for Nick's vest

4 the yarn used for Nick's vest

the vest I used as a 'pattern'

5 the vest I used as a 'pattern'

the very first vest I made for my son

6 the very first vest I made for my son

the sweater Julie so admired

7 the sweater Julie so admired

Julie and Nick

8 Julie and Nick

I'm really excited to get a new skirt soon ... first I have to decide on a fabric though. I'll show you when it's finished. Have you ever thought of sharing your expertise with a friend !? It is a very satisfying experience .... I highly recommend it !

Comments (2)

  • Terrific work! This is the type of information that should be shared around the web. Shame on the search engines for not positioning this post higher!

  • What beautiful pieces! Is there any information on how to make the "furry" vest or sweater with the fuzzy front?

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