Thursday, January 28, 2010

Wood Hollow Vest, aka the Best Thing I've Ever Made

Wood Hollow vest by Through the Loops
I know I tend to veer towards the hyperbolic about most things (along with sneering contempt it's my favorite mode of expression), but I am here to tell you that I have just completed test knitting the best thing I've ever made, courtesy of Kirsten Kapur of Through the Loops fame. Wood Hollow Vest! Wood Hollow Vest! Shout it from the mountain tops--it's a real honey of a pattern that deserves your immediate attention!
wood hollow vest 5Wood Hollow vest by Through the Loops
The Specs
Pattern: Wood Hollow Vest by Kirsten Kapur of Through the Loops
Yarn: Cascade 220, 4.5 skeins of #9564, 'Birch Heather'.
Size: 44
Needles: size 6 and 7 circs
Time: Cast on Christmas Day while starting into the void and my in-laws in NJ, worked on it on and off while doing other things, and finished last night.
Mods: Excuse me? What is this 'modifications' thing of which you speak? ETA: there is one unintentional mod--I muffed up the cable panel on the front. But hey--only God is perfect, etc.
Wood Hollow vest by Through the Loops
There is so much to love about this pattern. One thing that I so appreciate as Chesty McChesterton is that the pattern comes in sizes 32-54 in a way that actually works, meaning that it's not like those patterns that work perfectly at the smaller sizes but haven't been properly thought out at the larger end. The cables are perfectly proportional in all sizes.

This is the ultimate Cascade 220 project as the yarn makes the stitches pop to perfection. I'm sure that right now most of you even have enough in your stashes to do this pattern. This particular color is also quite appealing as well as it's a tad odd. I first saw it chez Babs as she's using it for a vest that SHE NEEDS TO FINISH. Ahem. To me it just screams 'Old English Furniture polish', which in my world is a supreme accolade. It also reminds me of the shag carpeting the Silverman twins had in their basement as well as the cock-a-poo Ginger our family had in the 80s. All good associations!
Wood Hollow vest by Through the Loops
There's a new Wood Hollow KAL on Ravelry if you fancy doing this pattern with the real time, live blogging assistance that only a RavKal can provide. I also think that this would be the perfect Ravelympics pattern as it would hold your interest and is totally doable in the time frame of the event. Me? I'm a moron and am trying the Autumn Rose Pullover because apparently 'going down in flames' is how I plan on celebrating the Winter Games.
Wood Hollow vest by Through the Loops
From the department of shameless family promotion, because it's what we do: You might have heard about a little device announced yesterday with a regrettable name? Well guess what--my brother CALLED IT over four years ago as a writer at MadTv:




28 comments:

Lindsay said...

Okay... that is a vest I must knit. I'm not even the biggest fan of cables on items beyond hats/gloves/etc... but I am in love with that vest.

Yeah... what the heck is with the name "iPad"? Really? I understand the whole empire built on "i___" but wow.

Love MadTV for this...

heather said...

Fantastic vest - it is beautiful. Apple really had a winner with that name...

Beverly said...

I just bought the vest pattern. I'm making the EZ Green Sweater for the Ravelympics, but this vest will be the next on my list.

Your brother can see the future!

Jodi said...

Best. post. ever.

I love the vest, and it's so heartening to hear when pattern's really are great for the not-so-willowy knitter. I, too, belong to the Chesty McChesterton/Hooty McBoob camp.

And your brother's sketch? Hilarious!!!

Jodi said...

BTW,I applaud you for tackling Autumn Rose. I'm wussing out and tackling Tea Leaves.

Kathy said...

a. The vest is gorgeous. I downloaded the pattern, then felt uneasy that it might be too tight for me, a not-thin gal. But you have restored my faith.

b. Your brother is a genius and it just took time for Apple to fall into the trap.

knithound brooklyn said...

Your brother is some sort of clairvoyant comic genius! I loved the clip!!

And you rocked the vest - and yes, a great use for Cascade 220!

Cheryl said...

love the video.....too funny....apple should have paid attention to your brother

Oh, I really like the vest as well....Kristen has some great designs and I love her blog.

peaknits said...

o.m.g. the video rocks! I think Apple was paying attention. There is probably an "app for that" - ack! Genious.

Speaking of genious - deserving a second omg in this pos - that vest - breathtaking. Kirsten did it again! She is an endless well of goodies! Nice job making it your own, I love the colorway you chose! Bra-VO!

Alice said...

The excitement about that vest is totally deserved - it's ace!

WonderMike said...

You and your brother are geniuses!

kim said...

So much talent in one family. Really not fair. Love the vest; the color is gorgeous on you! And you know the skit is funny when the man of the house asks if I can send him the link to a knitting blog.

Kathy said...

The Autumn Rose Pullover?! I dare you to try to finish it in two weeks. I double dog dare you even. I bet it couldn't be done even a person had the time to knit 8 hours a day for that time period. You are totally crazy. I'm doing a vest.

Chelsea said...

I love the vest, the cables and color are wonderful. The video... hilarious.

a friend to knit with said...

okay. i am cracking up over that video!!!!!!
way to go, bro!

LOVING that vest. (and that you paired it with that grey t) the cables totally pop and out of cascade, the price is right. i totally dig that color.... shag carpet for sure! (have you been to natural stitches? you should SEE their wall of cascade 220 and priced less than our fave competitor!)

autumn rose looks amazing.

Caffeine Girl said...

That vest is impressive. I can't believe you did it in about a month. Very texture-ey and yummy!

I do like that color. Back in the day, we called it "Harvest Gold." It looks much better in Cascade 220 than it did as a refrigerator!

Rachel said...

As usual, you have me laughing this morning...thanks!!

The vest is amazing as are all of TTL patterns...and this yellow is really the only yellow I like...deep and golden. Beautiful!

KnitXcorE said...

so good! the color is perfect!!!!!!

Soto Sister said...

Ooh--that's lovely! I'm such a copycat, you have me doing Ingenue right now! This will likely be next.
Lety

Jennifer said...

The vest is lovely! Before I go rifle through stash in search of 4.5 skeins of Cascade...gotta say, I'll be spreading the word about the 'original ipad'. All my friends will want one!

Twisted Knitter (Janet) said...

Ooooh yeah. LOVE the Cascade too and your vest is amazing. You convinced me. I need the pattern.

LOVE the MadTV skit - you obviously come from a talented gene pool, Heather!

domesticshorthair said...

Nice work on the vest. I think I might start making vests soon.

Wow! That skit is perfect.

Anonymous said...

You're going to knit the Autumn Rose vest in HOW many days!?!?!
Well, it will be gorgeous!

Love the vest and the video leaves me speechless ( as I copy the address to send far and wide).
margieinmaryland

aquaknits said...

Love the vest and the 'Old English' colorway! Looks like a great pattern, I just finished the wood hollow mittens and they were fun!

That video is hilarious!

Lynn said...

Ok that clip was HYSTERICAL!! Esp when they were dancing around at the end! Your brother called it alright!!!

and what a gorgeous vest!! It looks fantastic on you!

Philigry said...

love the vest! i have been dying to knit something in that color! it looks great!

Romi said...

Great vest.

And Oh. My. God. I am dying of laughter here! That clip is hilarious!

Alison said...

regretable name indeed!
that skit was too funny...