I got a little ahead on my New Year resolution to finish a knitted garment, by finishing one before 2015 actually started. This is the Cross Country Coat pattern from Wool and the Gang (did I mention that I am obsessed with their patterns?), executed in lipstick red ‘crazy sexy wool’. When I opened the parcel on Christmas Day and dug out that first ball of lamb-kiss soft scarlet superbness I did let out a little squeak of ecstasy. As you can probably tell from my ‘Made by Me‘ gallery my go to colours are navy, grey, cream and white. But sometimes you just need to break loose and work in a colour that’s loud, proud and beautiful.
“Red, Charlie boy. Rule one. Red… is the color of sex. Burgundy is the color of hot water bottles. Red is the color of sex and fear and danger and signs that say, “Do Not Enter.” All of my favourite things in life.”
(Incidentally I watched both 12 Years a Slave and Kinky Boots over Christmas, just to prove to my family what a crazy good actor Chiwetel Ejiofor is!)
The pattern itself is super simple. Five rectangles worked in double moss stitch (knit two, purl two alternated between rows) and stitched together. All in I took three days to finish the panels and sew them together. Although after taking my new coat/cardigan hybrid out for a walk I think I want to un-stitch the panels and put them back together using crochet slip stitches. Generally I prefer to use crochet to stitch up my knitting projects because it makes for a smoother, neater finish, but as I was on the road for Christmas visiting parents and in-laws I didn’t have a crochet hook to hand.
Chris and I are back home now, and I’m finishing off this post sitting on the kitchen floor surrounded by piles of laundry. We leave on our travels in a few days, so washing pants is my top priority at the moment. And I still need to buy a suitcase. Because I hate myself I decided to go shopping for a swimming costume in John Lewis immediately after Christmas (scarier than any horror movie, let me tell you). But to make up for it I also scored some gorgeous blue cotton chambray in the sale that I’m hoping to whip into a pair of loose trousers before we leave. I’m about to be parted from my sewing machine for three months, but luckily I have a few days of quality time left before the adventure begins. In fact, why am I still writing this? I’ve got an appointment with a lady called Janome.
Happy New Year chaps!