I suck at stashbusting

Yup. It’s absolutely official after yesterday. But I do have mitigating circumstances M’Lud.

Ok, I need to explain myself. After The Management retired he started to volunteer at our lovely local museum and was given the job as the person in the air raid shelter who explains how the war affected Bewdley and the surrounding area. He did all of last summer wearing ‘civvies’ but it was discussed and decided that he really needed to wear something not exactly period but more in keeping with the time. And it’s often freezing in there so he needs to be warm too. So we were thinking something a bit like this maybe….

1940s men's fair isle sweater vest

Well…. maybe not exactly like that but you get the idea. I did find another image which was full length but he looked a bit of a ‘spiv’. Anyway, the air raid shelter was originally built for the Post Office staff so maybe he would have been a Post Office Clerk, or since he’s The Management a Post Office Manager. This is getting a bit off topic.

Well I have wanted to use one of Elizabeth Zimmermans patterns for ages – Kate has been making some wonderful jumpers for herself here at Fabrickated . I managed to buy one book from Amazon, and got another from the library – EZ’s Knitting Workshop – which has a sweater that pretty much fits the bill for himself – check it out on Ravelry! And I get to use EZ’s methods. Score!

Well, I started looking for the shetland wool I wanted to make this in, located it online and costed the project, but left it unbought for now. Then what should happen but I get an email from the Worcester Resource Exchange to say they had lots of yarn for sale. It would have been rude not to go and…can you believe it!  The exact same yarn at a third of the cost. Well, I couldn’t turn that down could I?

The colours go brilliantly with a tweed jacket we found in a local Charity Shop, and a tie bought from E-Bay (I can’t believe how difficult it has been to find a suitable tie!). All we need is a pair of shoes and suitable trousers to go with the sweater and he will be done.

While I was there some sock yarn jumped into my bag too. I couldn’t stop it! Honestly – just look! How beautiful is that? I’m hiding that for the time being.

I’m up to the armhole divide now on my Botanical Yoke sweater if I use the length given on the pattern. I’m tempted to add a little extra length but will try the red one on again before making a decision. I will have to put it to one side for the moment so that I can concentrate of getting the Fair Isle sweater ready for the museum season starting in March.

Better get a move on!


22 Comments on “I suck at stashbusting”

  1. amcclure2014 says:

    That was necessary purchasing! (We’ll ignore the sock yarn!) Good luck with the knitting – might you have to make the trousers?

  2. Sock yarn has a mind of its own. When it wants to go home with you it does:)
    The vest is going to be fantastic! Elizabeth Zimmermann’s books are wonderful. She has dvds too which I’ve enjoyed in the past.

    • Kim says:

      Hilarious 😂. Sock yarn is pretty which makes it irresistible and this was a fraction of the normal price. I may have to go back…..
      I didn’t know EZ did DVD’s. I just checked You tube and she’s on there. Oh joy!

  3. mrsmole says:

    What a hoot dressing your man in vintage clothes! I wish I had time to knit and meditate on nice things while creating such a cool vest! The one thing I noticed was the color suggestion…the color after Emerald…hmmmm.

    • Kim says:

      He will look so cute! I’m amazed at how well we are filling our time – both separately and together now we are retired. The one thing we both enjoy is time alone and that’s still at a premium.
      The colours I chose are very subdued which is what he wanted. The Shetland yarns already look a bit faded which is perfect for this project.

  4. tialys says:

    I’ve never attempted Fair Isle knitting – I’m frightened of all those different balls of wool hanging around getting tangled and mangled by the odd passing cat. Have you done lots of it?
    Obviously, there is always an occasion where breaking the stash busting rules is acceptable and this is one of them – suitable work clothes are essential and so is a little reward for the maker. We’ll say no more this time.

    • Kim says:

      This was too good an opportunity to miss. Thank you for your forgiveness 😉. I’m a bit apprehensive about starting this as it’s years since I did any Fair Isle knitting and I remember the tangles even now. We are cat free at the moment so at least I don’t have them swinging on the yarn to deal with.
      Wish me luck!

  5. Jo says:

    Wow, what a bargain and how fortunate to find the yarn you were looking for. I certainly wouldn’t have left that Posh Yarn behind. I think The Management is going to look very dapper indeed.

  6. You’re safe this time – you HAD to make these necessary purchases!!!

  7. Fabrickated says:

    I love the idea of making your husband totally convincingly vintage as well as warm and cozy. Fair isle is so wonderful especially in soft faded colours. And I am very excited about your new botanical. And don’t worry about shopping – what a great bargain – you now have the time to use up your beautiful materials.

    • Kim says:

      The outfit will be more ‘ in the spirit’ of the 40’s than really authentic but I really wanted to make this sweater a good one. It’s coming along nicely but the botanical has stalled for now.
      The yarn from WRE is gorgeous. I’m seriously considering going back to see what’s left. *Gulp*

  8. sewruth says:

    Mitigating circumstances. Reduced sentence on account that you are making for someone else.
    You are on probation and the courts await your productivity.

  9. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Needs must – ’nuff said!
    Lol! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  10. It’s always good to have a sock in your bag for times when you’re stuck somewhere and need distraction.
    That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it! 😉
    The other yarn was also entirely necessary, so “not guilty”!

  11. Fabrickated says:

    Kim – your knitting skills are first class, and making a classic men’s vest in Fair Isle has got to be one of the top projects we all should try at some point in our lives. Retirement is the perfect time to start a few challenging but fascinating projects. His voluntary work sounds really rewarding and interesting.

    I am so glad you found Zimmermann too – she just helped me find my own creative expression in knitting, so which I am very grateful.

    I love your botanicals too – one day I will attempt cables….

    And thanks for the mention.

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