last evening i laid my christmas knitting needles down for the last time this year (woo-hoo, now i can start something for me).
today i put the final touches on things (such as steaming seams and sewing buttons).
and pulled out yarn for a quick project to knit myself over the next three or four days—i’m keeping a promise i made to reserve some holiday time for knitting anything i want. i picked my project months ago and was looking for a time slot to put it in, so i think this is it.
i’m also going to treat myself cleaning up my work room for a few hours each day—it has evolved into a pigsty over the last six months while i’ve been so busy. full disclosure: it really needs it.
i used to be able to walk around in there (as opposed to using a narrow path through the mess). i used to have my spinning wheel in the middle of the room, and spend hours at spinning and decompressing while listening to a book. seriously, it will be a treat to have this real estate back, and to go through the yarn and books to get things organized. i love this stuff; it’s just too bad i put it off so long.
for today though, we relaxed and spent time with my nephew and his girlfriend diana who arrived last evening and stayed overnight on their way to indiana. in fact, we relaxed so much that i totally forgot to take pictures of the cute couple together. we ate tacos and apple pie for dinner last night and watched movies afterward. it was wonderful. and she likes her new scarf.
this morning we did photo shoots of david’s completed jacket, in the gorgeous robusta yarn from briar rose fibers. i was able to cannibalize a couple of my swatches to finish the collar, but we didn’t get pockets out of the yarn i had available. if chris isn’t totally sick and tired of this project, we’ll work out the yarn for that when the holiday fuss is over.
so, without further ado, i present my husband in his new threads.
i must, once again, express my deepest thanks to my dear friend chris, who offered the beautiful robusta yarn in the perfect pine green colorway for this project. her yarn is completely inspirational to design with, and when i knit it, every stitch just seems to fall into place perfectly.
thank you chris!
(isn’t he handsome??)
i was getting very worried about the jacket being too big as i got closer to finishing it. the size of his socks and sweaters is always a little scary for me. but when i bound off in class last evening, david graciously came out of the office to try it on for everyone in a moment of truth
and pronounced it “good”.
(i swear, that’s all he said)
that’s enough for me, though.
of course, when he asked today if it will be possible to do something about getting pockets, all i said was “yes” (two can play at that game).
it really does look good on him, phew.
here are a few detail shots
i decided on a flat collar joined directly to the neckline to create a notch, rather than try to add a collar stand (which might have been more jacket-like). when it’s buttoned, it looks like a casual shirt neck
when unbuttoned, the fabric is sturdy enough to stand on its own and it’s a lot less fussy. when it’s opened, it makes a self lapel that looks sharp.
i planned the pattern so that there would be a rib along the armhole edge to define that seam
giving it a crisp finish
i worked a slip stitch along all the exposed edges, such as the center front opening
and the little slits at the bottom of the side seams
so that’s it—a heavy warm sweater at david’s request. soon to have pockets, i hope.
of course we couldn’t just call it a day at that point; we had to have a guest model (and one who is much more prone to silly model antics). here he is doing his abercrombie & fitch impersonation
never one to skimp on hamming it up
he provided a little levity to contrast with david’s natural reticence.
and a few sexy pouts and scowls (he thinks).
and finally, the shot to send home to mom and dad
and now, off to knit for fun i go.
tomorrow i’ll share some beautiful gifts i received and some sock progress.