My nephew’s first birthday seemed like a great excuse to make Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Tomten Jacket (ravelry link). I spun up some BFL in greens and browns with some hints of blue:
The blues were so much more visible in the singles.
As a two-ply:
The tomten jacket was a really quick knit – and surprisingly not boring (as I expected all that garter stitch to be). I’m really excited about making another one, maybe even Jared’s adult version of the jacket. Have you seen that? Seriously, go take a look – it is unbelievable!
I followed the instructions for the jacket in Knitting Workshop and Knitting Without Tears (they are quite similar). I started and finished knitting this project while I was sick with that horrible plague of February – the spinning was done in December and January.
Here’s the finished jacket:
I had a little bit of extra fun with the zipper. No idea why I made such a big deal about putting it in, it was quite easy (once I just put the dang thing in). I basted it in by hand and then machine sewed it using a slightly longer than normal straight stitch. Easy as pie.
It’s a little big for the boy right now, but he’ll grow into it soon.
See those little remnants of birthday cake on the cheeks and eyebrows?Tags: baby, handspun, knitting