Janna, a wonderful Dutch lady who runs our LYS, returned from "market" last month with a new yarn for all to try. It is a soft merino wool called "Sublime". A test swatch knit of 22 stitches by 28 rows on 4mm needles equaled a 4 inch square. The yarms come is a variety of rich colors, including grey, green, plum, blue and dark pink. It look similiar to Zara but feels slightly softer to the touch. The manufacturer also published several pattern books featuring sweaters, vests, and tops made from the yarn.
After paging through the manufacturer’s pattern books, I found a vest pattern in book 602 that would go well with my "court clothes". I chose a dark grey color, as grey is a color that easily goes with blacks, blues, reds, whites, and just about any other color I can think of. I started knitting the ribbing last night and have nearly completed the ribbing for the front. I like the look and feel of the knit fabric so far. I hope to actually start on the body of the vest and the cable pattern by Wednesday.This may be a little optimistic, however. My husband and I are leaving for Washington State on the 16th and I have a lot of work to complete at my office before I can leave. But on the bright side, since we driving up, that is 16 hours of straight knitting time on the road.