What a great excuse to start a new project - VACATION!  The Cloud Chaser relaxed cable vest has been in my wish file for some time and figured that being on a trip and staying in hotels is the perfect excuse to get it started.  The problem was finding the perfect yarn for the project.  Before we left on our trip, I went to our LYS to see what they had to offer.  Found gorgeous things and of course the yarn that would have been perfect and gorgeous would have ended up being close to $100.  Left that gorgeous hunk on the shelf but purchased some top of the line knitting needles.  It's all about the tools.  Proceeded to Hobby Lobby, and honestly wasn't sure what I purchased would work or not.  The picture really doesn't do the richness of this color justice.  

So here is the beginning of the bottom back portion of the vest.  The more I work with the yarn chosen, the more I'm thinking that it will work just fine for 1/5 of the cost of my dream yarn.  It's really all about this fantastic pattern from Amy Swenson - Indigirl.  
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It's funny, but I like to remember the special TV shows that are on when working on special projects.  This first part shown was done while watching "The Notebook" and listening to Bill gently snore when he fell asleep during the movie.  
 
 
After talking myself out of ironing (which wasn't hard to do) I went into my yarn closet and picked a royal purple bulky to try and do another ear warmer.  Switched up the flower a little and covered a button in bright yellow fabric for the center.  My camera absolutely REFUSES to get the color of purple correct.  Just know it is a very deep royalty kind of purple and just plain luscious.  Still don't know if these would sell, but they are kind of fun to make!
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In an effort to keep my hands from completely shutting down, the best way to fight the aches is to get them moving again.  So I picked up this project that was on the coffee table for a week....... and yes, folks, I finished yet ANOTHER thing today.  This idea came from a friend at work who had seen something like this and took a picture on her phone to show me - guess she thought I could do some of these.  Well, I guess I can!  Thank you, Jess!  And happy birthday today to you, also!  :)  You wear it with the flower kind of on the side of your head I guess, and the skinny part back under your hair.   Make any sense?
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So now what do I do with it?  I know I won't wear it - ever.  Do I sell it, make more of them, how much would I ask.....????  I could sure use some feedback and ideas, all you in the blogosphere!!!!!  HELP!
 
 
Grateful for the opportunity to earn some cash for our anniversary trip, but my hands are yelling at me this morning after completing this hat foursome.  Can't believe it, but it's even hard to type!  *sigh*  But I just wanted to show you the fun colors this lady in KC picked out and to also show that I actually completed something.  :)
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