I have finally finished my Baby Surprise Jacket, designed by the famous knitgoddess, Elizabeth Zimmermann. I used two skeins of dreamy
Malabrigo in the colorway Violettas that I received as a xmas present last year. I added Orchid later to create some nice contrast. I love it!
At first, I was not sure about this pattern. It is quite ingenious, however, EZs directions were just not making sense to me. I searched the web for answers and found just what I needed. I found notes compiled by Dawn Adcock that made a line-by-line detail, plus this DVD!
Meg Swanson is terrific, and she teaches the project beautifully. Woo hoo! I was able to complete it without any problem, and it fit Amelia. I may lengthen the sleeves, but I may leave it as is. I definitely plan to make more of these. You can use any kind of yarn and you can be quite creative with it. I got the duck buttons at my new LYS, Needles in the Haymarket.
I also just finished the Thick and Thin Cardigan Coat from Fitted Knits. (Note the two greens are not as contrasting as they are in the photo). I didn't like the way my button hole band turned out, so I ripped it out and redid it. I am very glad I took the time to do that, even though I hate ripping. My local Sit and Knit group lent moral support while I did, so that helped the process. I think I found the perfect buttons for it. Now, we really need some cooler weather.
So, this makes 5 completed projects from Fitted Knits with one in the works. The question remains, should I start another? I am trying to decide between the Puff Sleeved Cardi, the Bluebell Boatneck, the Alexandra Ballet Top and the Back to School Vest. Probably the Bluebell Boatneck. What do you think--pink or black?
Check out my cool buttons!