Rosanna & Cesar

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Rosanna and Cesar have come to visit!  We gathered up all sorts of knitwear, and went out into the darkening wintery woods, along the knitting trail. Rosanna is wearing the Calidez Vest I made for her birthday, while Cesar wears several of my recent Fishermens Neck Ganseys , as well as the yerbe matte (tea) .

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Cesar and Rosanna layer in a couple of Calidez Cardigans …

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Cesar wears my own  cardigan made of Studio Donegal’s  Aran Tweed ~~ posted here. Cesar commented how warm and nice the tweed wool felt against his skin ….

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I was so excited to have Rosanna and Cesar visit, and that they got to model this ensemble of recent designs, because they are both such naturals in front of a camera!  It couldn’t have been a better day, clear and cool, and it was a great time had by all, including Emma…

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come back again soon Rosanna and Cesar!

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Just done.

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I was eager to finish this Calidez Vest for Rosanna who is visiting soon, and will model it (yay, more woods photos forthcoming!) I have not steamed it yet, in attempt to disguise my uneven tension with purl & knit rows, but I’m not sure I will for it is a little rustic and bumpy, which I am certain will appeal to Rosanna.  What was crazy good luck is I happen to have these buttons in my button jar, an exact match, clueless as from where they came, but made my life easier today when I discovered I had them.

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This moss panels ribbing took me forever to get through, torturous and long, entirely improvised, but think I ought to feature it on Tips From The Table, because it is actually very unusual. Also, this vest is first sample I’ve done of this design in worsted weight Berroco Ultra Alpaca (color is “Lichen Mix”) and it is the first yet sample with the high-v-neck option.

I still am very preoccupied with the mystery  project mentioned in previous post,  but I tell you, I am knitting full tilt on it, in spite of the fact that I had to finish this vest, yes, yes, and also …. that I nearly cut off the tip of my left index finger last Monday with an axe  while splitting wood,  and it has set me back due to my finger being cocooned in a bandage since. What I have lost in speed I have made up with determination, and I must say my finger is healing very nicely. Jeff got me some nice gloves so that I won’t run out and split kindling wood (for the wood stove) bare-handed anymore!

In Calistoga today….

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It was pouring down rain most of the day, but fortunately late this morning it settled a bit and we got in some great shots of Miss Sixteen & Miss Fourteen modeling Calidez Vest.

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At the wall outside of Brannan’s on Lincoln and Washington…

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I burst with pride at how talented my nieces have become in front of the camera … as I strive to capture the ‘happy accident’ of the moment.

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(Oh, but they have had a bit of practice you know… )

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We also finally got Autumn’s Calidez Cardigan photographed !

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Don’t ask me why it didn’t occur to me to get a couple of shots with the garments buttoned up all the way…

( I become so distracted!)

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A lucky morning ( good hair day, good skin day ),  and a good day of expressions wonderfully sincere, honest, and artful poses.

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My favorite past-time most definitely, bar none, is hanging out with these smart & beautiful young women!

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Calidez Vest Pattern !

jenjoycedesign-calidez-vestI have worked like an ox to get this vest up and running before the holidays descend, and I think yesterday I never moved from my desk while immersed in a last-minute change, crunching numbers to augment the size range for this design for larger sizes in finer weight yarns… and I mean from dawn until dusk! 

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Calidez Vest with crew neck shaping

Today a frenzy of sewing on buttons (before the dark grey vest was even completely dry!) then photographing, and finally submitting it to Ravelry…  now I am just about ready to say its time for a walk out in the misty woods, for the rain has finally broken after two days of solid downpour.

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Calidez Vest with v-neck shaping

Feeling too exhausted to say much , except for the important things….

 Calidez Vest on Ravelry

…  and Calidez Vest in progress on previous posts here and here.

A classic vest for women, men, teens & kids (shown in bulky Icelandic) Calidez Vest is knit bottom up with seamless construction, and flat. Pattern includes a substitution chart for gauges 2.5 to 6.5 stitches to the inch, and has extensive size range from 60” to 25”. Vest has v-neck shaping, with options for crew and high v-neck shapes. Calidez Vest is suitable for for all ages & all year round, and is perfect for all kinds of fiber, yarn weights & especially your hand-spun !