Sam's Floyd Vest

January 16, 2016

Here's my Christmas gift to my son--the Floyd Vest by Martin Storey.  I think it's so cool!  I love it, but most important: he loves it--music to my ears!  I'd love to use the same colors and stripe sequence on a sweater for me; maybe Amy Herzog's V-neck pattern that she used for the Rowan KAL.  If I do decide to do that, let's just keep it our little secret, ok?  I don't think my son would be thrilled to know we had matching sweaters.

The pattern calls for Rowan Purelife Revive and Rowan Wool/Cotton DK, and while I love them both, these days I'm crushing on Pure Wool Superwash DK so I made a switch.  PWDK is very easy yarn to knit and makes a beautiful, simple, easy-care fabric with an even tension, plus it's machine wash and dry which my son really appreciates. (This is where I have to insert that the ball band says to dry flat but I tumble dry with excellent results; here's how:  Turn inside out and put in a mesh sweater bag and wash in cool water on a gentle cycle.  Take out of bag and put in dryer on the low setting until it's mostly dry.  Turn right-side out and lay flat to finish drying.)

I made the size large which has a 44" chest and used 10 skeins total: 4 of Anthracite, 2 of Gravel, and one each of Avocado, Chalk, Cypress, and Volcano.  The colors are similar to the original and the overall look is bright and youthful, but a bit more subdued than the original.  I think it's handsome and it looks fantastic on him, so overall, I'm very pleased.  As for the pattern, it's easy of course, and has the best directions to make an absolutely gorgeous V-neck rib.  I'll be using it again and will make exactly the same size for my husband, but most likely a solid, but that won't be in the queue until the end of the year.

I'm writing this on a rainy Saturday morning.  It rained off and on all night and rain is in the forecast for the next week.  I think it's a miracle each time I hear raindrops and have to check it out immediately.  We go outside and stick our hands out, "Wow, look at this--water--actual water--and it's just dropping down out of the sky all around us for free!  Isn't this crazy?"  Perhaps I'll get used to it, and maybe even sick of it (no, I don't think so), but none of that will happen for a long while, if at all.  In the meantime, it's just nice to have it, to smell it and feel it, and to know that the native oaks that dot our local hills must be so happy!

So on this rainy Saturday we have no plans.  I have a few things to do around here but I will definitely carve out a few hours to knit.  My mom will be here late afternoon and stay for dinner.  She requested salmon patties--remember them?  I haven't made them in ages, but we love them and I remember they were a favorite dinner of mine when I was a girl.  There are a million recipes but I don't follow a recipe really.  I've used both fresh and canned salmon and we prefer canned salmon for the patties, go figure. I always put in fresh lemon juice with chopped celery and capers and an egg and bread crumbs to bind it all together.  Today I'll add some chopped fresh dill that has popped into the garden; it grows wild this time of year and just a few raindrops will make masses appear.  For the next few months we'll be snipping dill onto potatoes and eggs, in soups and on toast, and just about everything we can think of until the heat of summer makes the dill give up. My girlfriend gave me some beautiful lemons so I'll probably make some kind of a lemon/dill sauce to go with them.  We are starting to get local asparagus, so maybe that too and some kind of rice.  I'm feeling lazy right now and I think I've just created a very easy dinner!  Yay!

Here's the links:

Floyd Vest by Martin Storey,
queue it here, purchase the individual pdf download here.

I'm a superfan of Rowan Pure Wool Superwash DK
  and you'll be seeing it a lot more often in my blog.
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My favorites of Rowan 59
Rene's Party

Have a super good weekend!

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  1. Looks great! Enjoy your weekend!

  2. Handsome sweater on your handsome son! Looks fun to knit!

  3. Great looking sweater on a great looking guy!

  4. That is gorgeous and the colours blend perfectly.

    I've just knitted another Gingersnap Cardigan, this time in Rowan pure wool worsted in teal grey and black. I didn't block it at all. I machine washed it at 40 and then patted it into shape to dry flat.

    A while ago you posted about a two-colour bobble hat that you were knitting with your grand daughter. I've looked for that post but can't find it. Can you point me to the pattern please?

    Regards, Angela

    1. I'm glad you had success with Gingersnap! I'm been really happy looking at all of them pop up on Ravelry! As far as the hat, I think you mean The Coversationalist. I made one for Annie and she left with the yarn to make one for her friend. It's a great pattern that is another perfect one for using up odd-balls and scraps. The pattern is free:

  5. Wow! What a wonderful, dynamic sweater! Your son looks so pleased with it in these photos. :-) I bet this project is a fantastic stash buster, as well. Clever you!

    1. I cannot tell you how happy I am that he loves it! /sign of relief/

  6. Kristen if I haven't said this before (I've certainly thought it) you are an amazing knitter!!!! I had to laugh hearing how you feel about rain - it's free - whoopee - I feel the same way lol Enjoy, we really haven't had as much as I expected and it's a concern....

    1. Only us Californios can understand this rain anguish! Water falling from the sky continues to be a miracle, but I agree, there is not nearly enough.


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