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The Mobius Vest

The Mobius Vest is done! And it is lovely.  I am so glad I am in the midst of the garter stitch portion of the book right now. It is so relaxing and comforting. If you know anyone that is spending a fortune on massage therapy — just tell them to knit garter stitch. It will do wonders for them!

One of the things I did to make the Mobius Vest fit my style was knit it in an Aplaca/Wool blend – Berroco’s lovely Ultra Alpaca to be specific and I used larger than usual needles – #9. This caused the resulting fabric to be drapy and flowy rather than stiff. Love the results! It is so chic, don’t you think?

I love how the “shawl” collar just becomes the “sleeve” which then becomes a very straight and simple back. Absolutely breathtaking. Another marvelous piece by Elizabeth Z! I am in awe of her short rows down the front – now how did she think of that. Must remember that for future use….

The Details
Yarn: Berroco Ultra Alpaca – 5 skeins
Needles: US #9
Pattern: Mobius Vest in Knitting Around by Elizabeth Zimmermann


The Moebius Vest

I can’t believe how long it is taking me to get through the moebius vest. I suppose that is mainly due to the fact that I decided to start over entirely with a different yarn and new calculations.

And due to the mold found in our house and the remediation going on in it we have been moving in and out of it during the last 8 weeks.

Although I will say, if you have a complicated situation going on a big project of garter stitch is divine. You can pick up and carry on or stop it at a moment’s notice. Also, the simplicity of the moebius vest astounds me. It’s simple, direct, yet elegant (once you choose the right yarn) because of the gentle shaping in the front with the short rows. Amazing.

I also have a new appreciation for EZ as a knitting mother. I wonder if she loved garter stitch or knitting in the round because it is terribly practical for a mother on the go.

I am also finding the rhythmic (almost monotonous) nature of the garter stitch to be therapeutic during this stress full time. There is something to be set about it’s repetitive nature, it’s deep texture under your fingers and the endless rows it creates… but anyways, I’m blathering.

Just checking in to let you know, I’m still here, in the midst of a moldy house full of chaos, but I do have the back and one side of the Moebius Vest completed!

The Moebius Vest

Ah, Knitters, well, this is where the truth really comes out, when the going gets tough.

The last month and a half, perhaps two months have been a full blown whirlwind. If you are readers on my design blog you will know that JK and I are trying to interview and hire contractors to deal with a mold issue that just became apparent in our house. The long and the short of it is… my life is out of control. But… hey, that’s normal! Right! =) Surely, that is a normal part of life… =)

So, onward, forward, Knit On, With Confidence Through All Crises – right? I haven’t ordered that lovely new bag from School House Press, but I do think I need it to remind me to “hang in there, it really isn’t that bad.”

However, what is horrible is the Mobius Vest. Take a look at that sack above! It could be a potato sack! I was tempted to continue, “Just think of all those garter stitch hours,” I told myself. But then I thought, “You’re never going to wear a potato sack.” So….. off the needles it has come and it is now packed away in the closet for another project.

I finally decided that the Mobius Vest needed some modernization – a soft, drapy fiber, no I-cord and possibly some waist shaping to give it a bit more modern wearability. What do you think? So, I choose Berroco Ultra Alpaca which I’m going to knit on #9 to make it light and drapey and am going to comtemplate some waist shaping.

My life is a bit in limbo right now – we might be moving out for a little while during the mold remediation but – Knit On!