After that, I concentrated on finishing the Baby Surprise Jacket. A lot of people really like this jacket. I'm not one of them. I think it's boxy and chunky looking but then, I consistently prefer garments with shaping so that makes sense. What I like about the pattern is the mystery how it develops.
Off the needles, it looks like a stretched out dish cloth until you fold you it into formation. Having knit the pattern a few times now, I'm starting to know where the parts are as they develop but even knowing how it works out in the end, when I'm at this stage...
... I wonder if I'm guessing correctly and am in awe of the designer's - Elizabeth Zimmerman's - ability to think and plan through this project. This page shows variations on the design, how to lengthen the sleeve, sizing, how to add a collar or hood, working with stripes and other design-it-yourself tips. I have enough yarn to add a crocheted edge and a collar.
On the weekend, I taught one of the women who works at Starbucks how to knit and tonight three of us are getting together. Tomorrow, I'll teach my friend how to read a pattern by starting the baby surprise jackets. She wants to knit them together. I'm not sure what yarn she's picked for hers but mine will be in a worsted weight wool for a larger size - something from the stash. We'll knit at her place - about 45 minutes away - for the afternoon which sounds great to me. I love spending time with friends and I love sharing creative skills that open up a whole new world of making things.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - sharing
People need joy. Quite as much as clothing. Some of them need it far more.
- Margaret Collier Graham