Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A Stretched Out Dish Cloth

It's raining this morning. I feel like I should write a really long and profound post and delay walking the dog since dark and wet and cold are not exactly my favourite walking conditions only there's not a lot to say. I worked on the pant pattern yesterday morning and have the two legs together ready to add the yoke and waistband today.

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


  1. My dogs usually cut our morning walks short when the weather is cold and wet. Thank goodness they have good sense in that way.
    Enjoy your knitting date, and I'm looking forward to seeing your pants done!

    1. Chloe thought that long walk was perfect. Luckily it had stopped raining. The knitting date was great. I have another one today. The pants are coming along but aren't quite done. I should be able to finish them tomorrow in time to post them this week.


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