Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Yarn Along and GIVE AWAY!

 I started and finished a pebble vest for Fiona over the last couple of days. I used my few skeins of Panda silk in DK weight (apparently they are discontinuing this, it is a shame). I used two strands together to sort of make a worsted weight yarn. I had three colors, more of the green then the blue and purple. I combined the purple and blue with green and then did one of just green. I really like how it came out. I followed a couple of changes others had made to make the vest for larger children (here and here). I cast on 90 stitches and added 10 extra row to the bottom and 4 rows to each strap. It came out a bit big, but it looks really cute, sort of smock sized on her.
I am on the hunt now for some cute buttons for this one too. I would LOVE to get some cute fabric covered ones like the one's from Bread and Buttons but the etsy shop is still closed, or those lovely heart ones from Wooly Moss Roots, but they are just a bit out of our price range, still... maybe.
Oh, and I messed up on the straps. LOL I stitched the one strap set closed that was on the button side. So now you have to pull it over the head. Oh, well.

I haven't been reading much. For some reason I just can't get into any books. I even went to the library and got myself a few books. I wish I could figure out the reading and knitting thing... that would be great!

Now, for the give away! This is some sweeeet yarn. It is Maxima in colorway of Mojave. The company is fair trade and supports 400 artisans in its cooperative. The yarn is 100% extrafine merino wool and kettle dyed. This skein is about 219 yards per 3.5 oz/100g. Gauge is 18-20 sts per 4 inches using size 6-8 US needles. I made a baby pebble vest and hat with a skein of this and still had a wee bit left over.
Just leave a comment and I will be picking a winner on Friday night. (Also, please leave a way to contact you!)
And the winner is:

A Faithful Journey said...
Gorgeous vest...and gorgeous yarn!! Would LOVE to win! Thanks for the chance! 

Thank you everyone for entering. :)

Joining Ginny's Yarn Along!


Charis's Mum said...

I LOVE Manos del Uruguay yarn. I just knit a skirtie for a friend's baby and want to buy more yarn to knit baby items. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

I like the vest. I'll definitely have to check out Panda silk yarn.


Natalie said...

That is beautiful yarn. What a generous give-away! Thanks for the chance to win (if Canadian entries can be included, that is).

PS, I saw the vest you made with it in the pictures. Didn't that just turn out darling?

DesertSnowdrop said...

The smock/vest is just beautiful! I bet it is going to be so cute on her! Knitting for little ones is so much fun..don't you agree?

Marfa said...

Cute vest...will you share a picture of Fiona wearing it?

I would ♥ that yarn! my email is: mama_marfa (at) yahoo.com

Tracey said...

Your pebble vest is so pretty and I bet in silk it will feel so wonderful to wear.
Thanks for the great giveaway. That color, Mojave, is just awesome.

A Faithful Journey said...

Gorgeous vest...and gorgeous yarn!! Would LOVE to win! Thanks for the chance!


Erin DeGraw said...

What a cool vest! The yarn is beautiful.


Kim Corrigan-Oliver said...

The pebble vest is lovely. And what a wonderful giveaway, thanks!

kimcorrigan_oliver at hotmail dot com

Charlotte Helle said...

Oooh that yarn is beautiful!! It looks so squishy and soft! I'd love to win!!

Your vest is so cute. I bet it's even prettier in person! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Jen said...

What a sweet little vest!! The pattern has been in my queue on Ravelry for ages now. I really should just make it!

principeta said...

This looks amazing,count me in,please.thanks for the chance to win it.

Meadow said...

Sweet sweater. The yarn looks lovely. Thank you for sharing.

momto5 said...

thank you all for the great comments. i just love knitting for my littlest one. knitting for babies is so much fun. ;) and thank you all for entering my give away. i would love to start making this a regular deal. i just love entering them and doing them. :)