Saturday, May 19, 2007

Quartz vest

Quartz vest from Celtic collection c1992 published by Tomato Factory. I bought it there at that time along with the book and it seems like a lifetime when a younger me made the decision to buy both of them. I feel as if that younger me gave me now a very big present. It's probably the oldest fairisle project still waiting to be done in my stash and I've decided that the time has come to knit it. At that time I bought enough to do the largest size and now since my children live in the far East where it's so warm, it will be made to fit me so I'll have a few extra balls. I notice that quite a few of the colors are going to be discontinued. 33 ocean is going, 1286 russet, 1289 salmon, 135 indigo, FC 21 lilac, dark green 58. Only 8 colors will still be available. Each label was for 1 ounce or 150 yds. When I bought the yarn from the store, it was still J&S but even then I now think it was undergoing a transformation to Jamieson. AS was the milk cow and she was being milked. I think her complaints were justfied as I look back 15 years later. But the store disappeared and the milkers lost their cow too. No one profited including the knitting world. Not only did we lose AS but we are now probably losing J&S as well. I am just very happy that I was lucky enough to be on the spot and had the good sense to buy this stuff then. I also bought several other items from that book and have made them long ago. I made Rannoch and have enough to make it once more. I made Marina twice, Luskentyre (still have to finish), allover vest and sweater, Catriona (have it in my stash still), Mara vest made and twice the Mardi gras cardigan. I'm thinking of making Mara vest once more for myself.


Baa Bonny Belle said...

Oh my...the Tomato Factory brings back memories of many years ago...a huge amount of the knitters at our annual November retreat were having a problem with one of their vest patterns. It was the big "hubbub" for that weekend.

I love the yarns you picked...have fun.

Anonymous said...

What? We may lose J&S? I hadn't heard. Please tell me about it. That is not good news.