Last February, my Hunny-Bunny and I celebrated our 30th anniversary (I am sooo old). I asked him what he wanted as a gift and he replied that he wanted me to knit a cardie for him. But, it was to be over-sized so he could wear it over his sweatshirt and flannel shirts while working in the garden. (This is why the body looks so large and the sleeves so long.) Admittedly, I shuddered at the thought of knitting flat and in pieces but I figured that 30 years was worth something, after all (besides sainthood being conferred on him for his years of suffering while living with the likes of me). He selected the “Herringbone Jacket” from the pattern book “Classic Knits for Men” published by Rowan. The yarn is “Vienna” made in Italy for Naturally (believe it or not, with all the bloody sheep in this country, we still end up importing our knitting yarns!). It is 67% wool + 33% acrylic. It should wear nicely. The gage was 17 stitches per 10 centimeters which I obtained by using 5.5 mm Addi Click needles (they worked brilliantly). It has been years since I last did a garment that wasn't in the round, steeked and in a fairisle pattern. In addition to having to remember how to purl, there were some other learning curves to get over. I had never done a front band, the collar was more involved than I'd ever done, knitted-in pockets were a new thing, too. I didn't like the button holes and went to my Lucy Neatby DVD's for a solution. She gives a technique for a very neat button hole which I highly recommend. The pattern may have some errors. I am hesitant to make the actual statement because it is so poorly written in several places. In addition, I also used Lucy's technique for joining the sleeves to the armholes and it looks very nice, better than just sewing up. All in all, I enjoyed the learning process but I can see why I've tended to keep to the same types of knitting.
This is my last garment for a while. After 35 years in the same profession, I am leaving it (thankfully!) and going back to school in October. That means, focus on studies. But, never fear – I'll have some socks on the needles which don't require concentration and can be a good diversion for an over-worked brain!
Oh yes, if you look in the background you can see part of our house being held up by emergency repairs. This morning we had another “aftershock” measuring mag 4.5, depth 10.7 km, energy 96 tons, 3.4 km from our house. We're don't pay them much attention anymore.