The Lord of the Rings Sweater Vest For Hobbits With Too Much Leftover Yarn
It gets cold in The Shire.
Because I’m an unapologetic trash picker, I pulled the ball of the super-soft, chunky, tweed wool yarn out of the garbage during a theater wardrobe job I did last year. What I was thinking I would knit with really thick wool yar–
–okay I wasn’t thinking. Because I live in Los Angeles. And I will wear thick wool approximately never.
Since I’m on a baby sweater kick, I decided to knit a baby vest. I was worried that I wouldn’t have enough tweed yarn to finish the vest, so I added contrasting stripes and trim, using leftover yarn from previous projects, that I doubled to match the chunky yarn gauge.
I should have knit the entire thing out of the tweed yarn. I still have half a ball left over! How is this possible? I am horrible at assessing yardage when it comes to yarn. I’m always way over or way under my estimate. Hey! I have enough yarn to make a matching striped hat that I will never wear in L.A..
Leftover yarn aside, I’m really pleased with how this turned out. Mr. Foxypants was the one who mentioned that the vest looks like something that Bilbo Baggins would wear. Don’t the buttons look like they were made by a dwarf silversmith?
Now, who do I know with a nerdy baby?