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Thursday, April 13, 2006

One month and 3 weeks

By emy Thursday, April 13, 2006
That's exactly how long Leena took to finish her hubby's vest.

beginner cable knitting

beginner hand knitted guy cabled vest
Considering this is her first knitting project, I have to salute her!

That has got to be a new speed record for beginner knitters! The gauge on this thing is close to 26 sts /34 rows per 4 inches and it's 4 ply cotton on a 3.5mm needles so this is considerably a fine knit!

But then again, she's a really speed demon. I saw her last Sunday during the group class and was just teaching her how to pick up the stitches around the armholes and the collar. Just less than 3 days later, it was done! [I know she was done Wednesday morning as she emailed me the still photos above then.]
I still remembered when Leena dropped in for her first lesson. That was a pretty intensive 4 hours session -- she learnt how to cast on, knit, purl, read the stitches on the project, to rib, fix basic mistakes and to cable. That's quite a lot of things to remember! I am amazed she managed to take everything in!

The second lesson is when Leena learnt how to fix cable mistakes
. And the rest, they say, is history [you can read past entries if you are interested.]

And I'll let you into something too:

Leena's to-be hubby, Ray is so pleased with this vest she knitted that he's intending to wear it for their bridal photo shoot!
How sweet and thoughtful is that!
Not only that, I got a chance to meet him in person when Leena decided to bring him around to my place yesterday. So we got properly introduced. He's such a good sport, I tell you, when he gamely dons the vest for some quick modelled shoots!
hand knitted v-neck vest
guy summer cotton vest

Well, Leena is so lucky to have found such a sensitive and thoughtful hubby. And Ray must be proud to have such a loving and attentive wife! Best wishes to both!

PS. This is not the last you'll see of Leena on this blog. She's on rapidly moving onto her other projects but I heard another one is in line for her hubby again since he's such a wonderful recipient!
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