I finished my Heliopath Vest!

Hanging up and ready to wear. My finished Heliopath Vest.

So there it is. Finished. Done. Sewn in all ends. Worn it.

It’s crazy but this is the first big thing I’ve made for myself in the three years I’ve been knitting. And I’m so proud of it too. It’s not the first thing I’ve made for myself, I’ve done hats, gloves, socks, but I did more things for my kids. And this didn’t actually take too long. The stitch pattern with eyelet lace and cables also kept me amused and the fact it’s a vest means it finishes very quickly. I probably could have done it in two weeks if I hadn’t got distracted by socks.

No makeup, early morning photo.

I used Stylecraft Merry Go Round which I got when I was last on holiday in the UK, around June. I loved the colours, but wasn’t keen on using a 100% acrylic yarn, I’m not that impressed by them, I prefer wool…. But the colours! And it was cheap. I can’t remember how much I paid exactly, I think it was £3 a ball, you can get it here from Deramores for £3.50, which is a great price for something so soft! You get nearly 300m for a 100g ball, and I used just over one for this vest.

And the thing I’ve noticed about this rainbow colour, my shade was actually called rainbow, it goes with nearly every skin tone and with most things, jeans, denim skirts, white shirts, black trousers. It works!

And the pattern is the Heliopath Vest from the Harry Potter Knits that was published in 2013. This is a link to the Ravelry page for more information about the pattern.

  

A photo of me wearing this with a yellow vest top and a mini skirt. Not bad with the vest top…

When it gets to winter I really want to try this over some V necked long sleeved tops, it looks great over shirt collars though.

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A nice photo of it laid flat

I wish there was some shaping around the waist, I’ve got a nice silloutte so personally I’m wanting it. I also changed the order of picking up the stitches, doing the button band before the neckband and I love the way it looks! I think the changing colours really add something special to this pattern.

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And the buttons

And the buttons. Nothing special, no idea when or where they came from. I stole them from my mother’s button box, there were only six and THANKFULLY this only had six button holes. I had to go right through my box of stolen buttons to find some. I thought purple would look nice. I used blue threat as well too.

   

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My Ravelry Queue is 100 km long

And it’s getting longer! I do start some projects, somtimes I even get close to finishing. Then I get a beautiful new yarn and I want to drop that and move onto the next thing.

I’ve finished Sandy’s Reach for the Stars jumper. Wait, did I say finished? Hah, I still need to sew it together. That’s my least favourite bit. When I went to see my mum last week she did darn in all the rocket ends! Which has saved me some time, but I’m still not looking forward to doing that.

There’s also two pairs of socks on the go. Pair A and pair B. I’m half way through the second sock of pair A, only 20 rows before I shape the toes! The other one I’ve only made the one sock. I’ve also got loads of other sock yarns to use! And while I love socks they sometimes seem daunting, I want to do one of my lacey patterns from the queue next. But I also have the overwhelming desire to make it into a shawl, scarf type thing. These socks from an issue of Knit Now jumps out to me. And these jaywalker socks are a must too! These are funky two, where they use two yarns but not striped!

And I got several balls of colourful acrylics to make another jumper for Sandy! But they’re self striping and I can’t seem to find a pattern that works in the round which is annoying.

 

Otherwise, I’ve not finished anything yet. And my queue is 9 pages long!

What about other people? Does anyone else have this problem?