Pattern: Tomten Jacket from EZ's Opinionated Knitter
Yarn: Manos 113 & W (5 balls, 1 ball)
Needles: Addi Turbos Size 9
Had it not been a sample for my friend's shop I would never have truly appreciated the great knit Goddess that Elizabeth Zimmermann is. I mean I did a bit with the Norwegian Mittens but now I'm a true loyal devotee. What a cool freakin' pattern! I mean it was all knit stitches which at first I thought would make me be bored to tears BUT NO! I was enthralled up to the last bit of I-cord. Oh sure, The beautiful colorway of Manos 113 also helps. I knew from the cast on that a gold border would just pull it together and boy, it really did! However it was so easy to change your mind to a pink or a blue border because the colors in that yarn just allow so much creativity.
Of course knitting this jacket in a little over 7 days would not have entirely been possible without me being off from work. (although we all know what happened when HP came out - a girl's gotta read too you know!) I also decided against making the hood because I just loved the the look of the 'popped collar' - it's the Jcrew prepster in me.
The applied I-cord was a first time for me. I couldn't quite picture the concept at first but once I got it going there was no turning back. I'm surprised I haven't i-corded the couch cushions yet!
I must thank my model for being too cute for words while enjoying her lollipop. She is my friend Patricia's niece and just such a good sport for wearing the coat in 90 degree weather - even though we did put her in front of the air conditioner. ETA: Her sister also got in to it by sporting the jacket
Also a huge thanks to J a r e d for posting his gorgeous adult version which sparked the inspiration.
This humble knitter truly wonders where she would be without the knit blogs... they have proven time again to be such a source of energy, inspiration and support! Thank you a million times over.
I'll be vacationing in LBI next week and therefore won't have much connection to the internet! See you all in about a week :-)