Monday, November 21, 2016

Filling in the gap

The reason I knit and sew is to make things that are missing from my closet. For example, I've been wanting a layering piece for the upcoming cold months, and what better way to stay warm than a thick chunky vest, right?

I decided to knit this Cowichan-inspired vest because I've been really interested in the Coast Salish knitting tradition since attending Sylvia Olsen's class last year. I finished this vest just in time too, coz winter has arrived here...snow and all!

Vest pattern: Tokul by Andrea Rangel
(Don't worry. The little one and I were outside for only a really short minute.)
Tokul vest worn with an old dress I sewed using McCalls 6886, no-name leggings and Ugg Australia boots

What I love about this type of knitting is that the inside is as great as the outside (IMO).

This was a challenging knit, but I really love the finished vest and can see myself wearing this to death.

Is it sweater weather where you are?


  1. That is a beautiful vest; inside and out!! You are so talented Emmy. Lovely pics with your adorable daughter. Winter has arrived over here in Minnesota too, snow, cold and all..Lol.
    Have a great week.

  2. Great job on this knit vest. Certainly something I wouldn't be able to do and you really got it done! Looks like it is going to keep you cozy this winter.

  3. great job!
    it became winter jacket, hat and gloves weather here over the weekend.. brr

  4. What a fun pattern and you did such a fantastic job with this vest Emmy! It really does look just as great inside out! It's been pretty nice here and today we got our first dose of winter weather in NYC.

    Oh I'm so glad you're liking City Hall so far. That was actually one of the few dramas I've ever marathoned. the chemistry between Kim Sun Ah and Cha Seung Won is no joke and they really brought out the best in each other. I also liked the atypical storyline. Enjoy! Enjoy! Nope not gonna watch Goblin. Can't say the plot line appeals to me and neither does the female cast. No interest in Legend of the Blue Sea either. I didn't even watch The K2 and I adore Ji Chang Wook so definitely not gonna watch anything with Lee Min Ho. from what I've read the drama borrows heavily from other works and he's playing the same damn character yet again. If you watch either, lemme know what you think. We're watching My Wife's Having an Affair this Week and it's actually quite good.

  5. Emmy, its a really cute vest. I love the design & pattern. Yes, its finally cooler here! It feels so good. I can wear winter clothing now. LOL

  6. The vest is gorgeous! And looks perfect for the instant cold snap we're all getting!

  7. What a cosy vest! You did a great job, it looks so complicated but it's a really lovely pattern. It must be so nice wearing things that you made like that :)

    Hopefully it keeps you warm! No snow here, but the air con is on so it's kind of cool, haha! Going to be a hot summer I think.

    Hope you're having a really good start to the week :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

  8. You're so good at what you do. And you have to be one of the most patient people I know. You look beautiful. And you created a masterpiece. You should pat yourself in the back.

  9. I love the swirling pattern you did! Every time I try to knit... I end up getting frustrated and giving up lol. Seeing other people's successful pieces totally inspires me so thanks for sharing :)

    Mili | Sharmtoaster

  10. Wow that's so beautiful! You are really talented :)

  11. That vest is fabulous! You are an amazing knitter :)

  12. That is such a pretty vest, Emmy and the pattern is really gorgeous! I love how you can easily knit something for yourself instead of spending tons of money on your wardrobe. You make me wish that I know to sew/knit.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  13. The pattern is so pretty! You are doing so well!

  14. So cute! Every Winter I always say I'm gonna learn to knit and then I never do it! I really need to stop putting it off and learn!

  15. I'm all about layering these days as well. It got quite cold around here.


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