My current work in progress:

1. Mighty Mini, designed by Rachel Henry, knit from Socks That Rock Worthy in the "Tanzanite" and "The Green That Sings" colorways on a 3.0 mm needle.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

Got Back

Popping in to report that the back of my Aran Jacket is almost done — I’m ready to do neck decreases here:

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Lucy thinks that this piece makes a spectacular blanket!

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More Cormo

Thank you for all the lovely comments about the Rainbow Coat. I will not be writing up the pattern because it is too difficult to resize: each pattern repeat is very large and to get an even number of repeats on the front and back (which is what I wanted) there would be a 16″ difference in sizes.

In answer to a question in the comments, I did not felt it. Before I started this project when it was still in the planning stages it briefly crossed my mind to do a felted stranded colorwork coat, but I did not. I blocked it by steaming the heck out of it, though. icon smile More Cormo

There were some questions about the pattern I used for the edging. I just sort of winkled that together and attempted to make it go with the main pattern.

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For all of the edgings I knit a facing, did one purl row as a “turning” row to make it easy to fold the facing to the inside, then knit the band, sewing the facing down on the inside after I completed the piece.

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I sewed snaps on the from band because I thought buttonholes would detract from the edging pattern. Just plain snaps you use for clothing.

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Onward

I am working on another “big” project: an Aran jacket.

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I started this in Cascade Eco+ back in September, but wasn’t happy with it. I was using a U.S. size 8 needle and the fabric I was getting was too stiff. So I set it aside, planning to rip it out, re-figure the design, and start over with a larger needle.

Then Elsa Wool Cormo came into my life.

I have restarted the same jacket using Elsa Wool Cormo woolen-spun worsted weight in the medium grey colorway. This yarn is slightly finer than the Cascade Eco+ so I am getting a nice fabric with a U.S. size 8 (5mm) needle, the gauge being 4 st/inch in stockinette stitch.

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This is another knit that I am making up as I go along. I even made up the big cable I am using. That’s not to say that it doesn’t exist somewhere already, but I created my chart from “scratch.” I do love a complex cable with plenty of twists and turns!

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The Cormo is a dream to knit with and is great for cables and texture.

Since the time change it is dark when I get home from work. Lucy has taken to crawling up on the back of the sofa, basking in the glow of a the lamp I’ve turned on.

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She’s Like a Rainbow

A couple of extra days off makes for a lot of knitting time. So much so, I was able to finish my coat.

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I got both sleeves done last week and attached the to the body with a three-needle bind-off. I sewed large snaps on the front bands rather that use buttons.

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This was such a fun knit. I was getting a little sick of the pattern by the end of the second sleeve, but all in all, it kept me happy!

Dishcloth Diva Give-Away

Congratulations to Pam Gardner who has won a digital copy of Dishcloth Diva by Deb Buckingham. Pam has been emailed.

Lucy Sez

Well, Lucy is too busy napping to comment!

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