I spent a lot of time outside this weekend, taking advantage of the beautiful weather and lingering fall colors.  And, of course, avoiding laundry.  You can’t do laundry outside in the city, even though I live a block from the  Hudson River so it wouldn’t be very inconvenient if I did.

I took some knitting outside to keep me company, particularly this vest.  I joined this Vestvember group to get some new vest ideas, but I ended up casting on something from one of the Japanese knitting books I got at Mitsua. It has about 75,000 cables and a lot of ribbing, so it’s going to need some expert blocking.

I spent a lot of time looking for the right fall gold for this project, and I’ll be darned if I didn’t find it in the most unlikely place: the Lion Brand Yarn Store.  Given my seriously snobby yarn preferences I never thought I’d find anything at that storee other than some basic stuff for a pair of mittens, but they have a nice line of reasonably priced superwash merino and it was exactly the color I’d been looking for. Go figure.

This little bit of thriftiness sort of balances out some of the excesses of Sheep and Wool last month. This beautiful stuff, from Persimmon Tree Farms, was also meant for a vest until I decided to keep it all for myself. I spent a lot of time rationalizing why it wasn’t good for a vest (too fuzzy! too warm! a tough color! made from goats!) but in the end I realized that love don’t need a reason.  The color is grey, or green,or blue just like Hudson River:

I haven’t yet decided what this will turn out to be.  I’ve been toying a wrap based on the Bandit scarf, but it will have to wait until after the holiday knitting push before I get going on it.