what the well dressed Scottish gentleman will be wearing…

(as modelled by Aphrodite, in drag).

It’s done! And – minus the double Moebius shoulder!

Here are the buttons I picked out for it…and I even managed to sew them on in a stright line!

Pattern: Brioche Man’s Vest (from the Best of Interweave Knits – pattern by Erica Alexander)
Yarn: Knitpicks CotLin (70% cotton, 30% linen) – colour is Nightfall
Needle Size: 3.00 mm, 3.75 mm, 4.0 mm
Buttons: from MacFab

– a very enjoyable and quick knit. The pattern is great with minimal seaming (although I did manage to screw up one part of the seaming job).
– I really liked working with the CotLin – and the price was right at $2.50/skein! JJ reports that it is very comfortable and light to wear.
– I would definetely work with the brioche rib stitch again.
– I made a couple of modifications to the pattern… instead of working the buttonband and armhole trim seperately then seaming as suggested, I picked up stitches and then knitted these using K2 p2 rib (8 rows for the buttonband and four rows for the armhole trim).

Here is a photo of the proud recipient wearing it at the party we went to last night…

I know, I know, not the best photo. Will have to get a better one and post it eventually. But just to show – it fits perfectly!!

(What did I wear to the party, by the way? I was festooned in my Modern Straitjacket, of course.

Isn’t it festive? (Sadly, if there is a photo of me wearing it last night, I don’t know it. I always take my camera to these things then am too busy socialising to actually take it out. And, from the results with JJ’s photo above, this is probably a good thing, no?

I should also mention that I didn’t have the moustache going last night. I didn’t want to scare the kiddies.)

Other activities before I started partying: I got a good start on the Tilted Duster pattern.

This is Rowan All Seasons Cotton in a discontinued (and I think never actually sold by them directly) colourway called “Seaspray”. Just the thing to banish the winter blues! I might actually be able to get this done before next Monday when we leave for our trip…! Loving it so far.

Today, off to the shops. I will be taking my extra sharp Addi Lace needles to fight my way through the crowds…all in the holiday spirit, of course!

This seems a good time to wish a very happy birthday to my younger brother – the creator of the postmodern Santa depicted above. Many happy returns, V, and lang may yer lum reek!

Other notables born on this day include Dame Judi Dench, John Milton and Broderick Crawford. So – V is in very good company!

Happy Sunday!


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