I Win (or do I?)
Haven't CONFIRMED, but as far as I know, I think I'm the first to finish our latest KAL.
Yes, it's the Bog Jacket (Elizabeth Zimmermann's design, from "Knitting Around", a fantastic book).
I have to admit, I didn't really enjoy this knit. But I guess maybe I did. Let's clarify. I didn't enjoy making THIS model! The entire time I was knitting was one giant, elongated, beautiful "A-Ha" moment in knitting. I was so excited about the construction that I didn't really pay much attention to this (like a test pancake, or your first child). I was already designing the "Bogs to Come" in my head and in my notebook.
Details - 14 skeins of Plymouth Alpaca Boucle (90%Indiecita alpaca, 10%nylon), spun in Peru, 50 gr=70 yds per skein. 2 skeins med grey brown (#4), 3 skeins dk grey/black (#14) and 9 skeins med brown (#2). Size 10.5US addi turbo needles, 24" circulars. One row of crochet edge in Lamb's Pride Worsted (85%wool,15%mohair) color M-05Onyx. Single random big button for closure.
I did almost all of the additions to the basic pattern, except for the phoney seams, which wouldn't have shown in the boucle yarn. I did do the shoulder shaping, which does not show, but does give the shoulders the drape needed to take this design from The Dude's bathrobe to a semi-stylish coat. Waist shaping also a must. I used random short rows to shape the cuffs (every other garter ridge worked for me, at a different point in the 18 sleeve sts I added to each side of the original pattern).
My gauge was all over the place. Stretchy boucle on big needles PLUS garter stitch, not my best idea ever. I had to rip back and start over twice. No biggie, but if I hadn't, man it would have been one HUGE coat!!!! Probably should have used yarn that worked up to equal stitches to garter ridges to make the construction easier, but one of the semi-rules we agreed upon was using stash yarn. I think most of us have run out and re-ordered at least once so far, am I right? Except maybe JDub, who is using LINEN st to make hers (awesome!).
But the randomness, fear of running out of yarn, and overall puzzle-like construction just added to the fun. I'm very happy with the way my stripes turned out (not at all what I had first pictured, but the SAME thing happened to Elizabeth and Meg, so I feel like I am in good company!). Speaking of good company, can't wait to see what the rest of you are doing. Think I'm about 12 days away from the deadline. Maybe I'll make another one! This time, one for me!
This one is for a very special newly-retired very-important saint of a woman who deserves alpaca only because I didn't have enough cashmere in the stash!!!!! Did I mention how SOFT this is? And how very, very, very warm??!!
The entire time, I was sure I was giving this away, and even tonight, sewing up those origami-like seams, I thought, "man, this looks like a bathmat". But lo and behold, it fit! And looks almost ok on me! Everyone who knows me said the same thing, "Just can't picture you in boucle!" Me neither. But I told JDub today that when I time travel (a la "party crashing") back to the Harvard v Yale football game of 1919 in my Stutz Bearcat, you better believe I'm sporting this baby!
Extra points to anyone who gets any part of that reference. But you still didn't win. I did.
I said, "HAHA!"