I have only gotten two rows of the vest done, so I don’t know if I will end up liking the process or the product yet, but I thought it might be fun. The pattern is from Groovy Crochet archives that I found someplace else and now cannot remember where. Single crochet and chaining. Very open and what I think of as crochet. I am using my 3-color brown/white/dark brown handspun (on the right in the photo from last? month) from roving I got at The Sheep Shed Studio a year or two ago. A “K” hook, like the pattern asked for. I have a store-bought long open vest that I got a few years ago and people nearly always comment that they like it when I wear it. One of those crochet-front, plain stockinette-knit back, single button on the bust area. This one is dark rose pink and I normally wear it with a black turtleneck or t-shirt underneath.
When I get more than a couple rows of the vest done I will take a photo for you!
I ordered more “spinning bells” from SSS, but they don’t have those listed anymore on their mill ends page–if you want them you have to ask Carol special. There is a long story about it on the SSS group on Ravelry. I like them because you can spin up a woolen-style soft yarn more easily than with roving and without having to do all the carding yourself. I like love soft yarns but don’t have a drum carder and hand-carding is a lot of work! With the spinning bells, I can spin most of it without extra work and then at the end I hand-card the tangled bits leftover in my little tub. So, I ordered a few pounds of “grab bag”. I don’t mind sharing that when I am teaching or practicing–I am selfish and don’t want to share anything I had to wash myself and hand-card, nor anything I paid for by the ounce!
P.S. Wished I’d looked at ALL of the sales on SSS before I made my order, because I would have liked some of the Prairie Silk yarn at $3/skein, but the shipping is too much to buy twice in one week!