Friday, March 19, 2010


Here's the results of my knitting with leather adventure, so far.

Here's the back.  The sides aren't seamed so it looks a little odd.

And the front...still on the needles.  With about 4 inches left to knit on each side. 

I have run out of leather yarn.  I've gone back to the box of leather garments that I've bought over the years.  Doesn't everyone have a leather stash?  There is nothing which is comparable.  This was a very fine suede with a lot of suppleness left in it.  The others are a bit coarser and not as thin.  But all that's irrelevant really, as nothing is a close enough color match. 

So, I'm taking a photo for history.  This vest will be frogged and I'll reknit the leather.  The upside: this yarn gets softer each time it's worked.  The swatch - which was frogged and reknit two or three times as I played with patterns - felt like silk. 

So, boo-hoo...onward and upward.  There's lots of time 'til the end of March...right?


Lindy MacDuff said...

Oh, FOO! The vest is so beautiful. Any chance of using this leather for the front of the vest and a contrasting leather for the back (or vice versa)? Is there enough to make a shrug (or are those out of fashion now)?

Good luck! I'm sure you'll hit upon something fantastic.

jeannette said...

Coming along great! No, I don't have a leather stash:) Only have one suede purse, but I don't want to cut that one up -should post it sometime as nostalgia (it's so hippie-70ties looking-haha)
Have a great weekend!

Mimi said...

Ripping it would break my heart, Stephanie. If I had a shred of leather I'd send it to you, but I don't. I like Lindy's idea...maybe another charity shop forage?? (for the contrasting one)

Stephanie V said...

Thank you all for your support and sympathy...the vest is now wound into 4 balls. I have a plan and I'll work on it this weekend. let you know next week.

I usually find that when I have to start over the second version is even better than the first. So, fingers crossed.

Ginny said...

You are so creative, I know you'll make something lovely!

Stine in Ontario said...

How sad! The project was turning out so well. You seem to be extremely creative, though, so I bet you will come up with something GREAT to do with the leather.

Angie said...

You have such patience. I was always making backs & not finishing fronts! Just know you will get it looking good in the end.

SquirrelQueen said...

Sorry it didn't work out, it looks so pretty. But I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with the leather next time.

Have a great weekend,

Rudee said...

small market bag that's knit from the bottom up. that way, when you see the end, you can just tie things up.

I'm impressed with the vest, though. really. who knew knitted leather could look so good?


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