The Sakiori Vest is coming along. I have edged both the sides and seamed up the back. The sewing wasn't too bad – felt awkward at first, but at the halfway mark things began to go quite smoothly. I definitely could see myself doing more sewing in future. Below is the sewn and edged back. BTW These pix were all taken indoors with flash so the color is a little dodgy; it was 90 degrees in the shade today, no way was I going outside (Apologies to those who live in colder climes; listening to someone moan about excessive heat must be annoying.).
Now I have to turn my attention to the collar. This is where life gets interesting. For starters there is not enough left of the black Baby Ull that I used for the bottom and side edges and had planned to use for the collar. Of course, I could buy another skein. Black is black; color matching should not be an issue. But . . . where is it written that one must blindly follow the pattern? Heck, I could do the collar in green. Okay, not green. But I do have some charcoal grey Baby Ull. Stranded together with the black, it would be enough for the collar. And this would maintain the "using up leftovers" spirit of the project.
The other fun aspect of the collar involves connecting up the 30 stitches from the fronts (the ones on those little blue holders) with the collar/front edging which is knit sideways to the held stitches. The pattern says to SSK a collar edge stitch with a held stitch at the end of every row. That will require at least 30 rows, which will take up about 4 inches. But that section of the front is only 3 inches wide. Oops. Probably I'll need to K2tog a collar edge stitch with a held stitch at the beginning of each row as well -- maybe every other row, maybe randomly when it seems appropriate. Hard to tell.
After the collar there is only one more step – the two little side pieces that connect up the front and back. These have a certain size and positioning for Sakiori I (the long vest), and a different arrangement for Sakiori II (the short version). Mine is medium length – Sakiori 1.5, I guess – so dimensions and configuration will have to be worked out.