Argyle might now be my least favorite fabric. After agonizing over my father’s vest for weeks, I did finally finish it back in January and shipped it off. I first gave it to Veronica to piece together and add the ribbed edging to the neckline and sleeves. She brought it back to me, spread it out on the counter at the shop and asked me to identify exactly what was wrong with the thing. I couldn’t see it…and then I did. I had used a completely different black yarn in two spots on the vest! I had rolled all of the colors into smaller balls so that I could more easily work with them for the intarsia, except that my knitting project bag must have had leftovers from another project in it. So instead of Vintage, I had used Shokay Yak in two places on the vest. A lesson learned – clean out project bags before using them again.
Course, my dad never noticed. I am pretty sure that my stepmom told him, but he still didn’t notice. It does help to knit for people who can’t hardly see. So here is my dad in a very bad phone photo in his vest. My stepmom writes, “He insisted on wearing red!! I will take another with a white shirt.”Well the red doesn’t clash as badly as the two shades of black right next to each other in the argyle. Luckily a bad phone photo means that none of you can see this either.