Monday, October 20, 2008

A Chill in the Air

Although last week we suffered through high temps of 80 degrees, this week we are definitely back in the usual Autumn weather pattern of cooler days and rain.

My kids have at least two coats, a heavy winter parka for the frigid temps we are doomed to suffer through up here in the Frigid North, and a lighter one for spring and fall. (Actually, they typically have more than two coats, as I have a fetish for coats and have a genetic weakness to forget that they already own at least three apiece.)

Imagine my shock, then, to discover that Peter's one and only light coat had a broken zipper and was getting too small for him. Shocking. Purely shocking. I'm a terrible mother.

To remedy the overwhelming sense of guilt (and really because I was itching to start another project), I decided to knit him a light coat out of bulky weight yarn. I'm going to pretend this is his early Christmas present (that is, if I manage to get it done before Christmas, heh heh.)

This is my first attempt, which I have since frogged (i.e. ripped out. Get it, rip-it, rip-it?) and re-started because it was just a tad too small, and I want this coat to fit for at least this Autumn and the next.I'm coming up with the pattern as I go along, and so far, I'm pretty pleased with the result. (The picture below is what I've settled on for the design). The fabric is lovely and thick with a nice sproingy-ness to it. I'm still debating whether or not to knit this coat with a hood. I know Peter would love that, and so would I, but the yarn might be a bit thick for the hood part. We shall see . . . I love the color, at least!Any ideas of what to call this? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Pattern Specs:
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease Bulky Spice
Needles: US size 10 Deinise circulars


TuttleTime said...

You are one incredible Mom. If my children's warmth depended on my ability to make them something, they'd fAA-REEZE! I have so many projects that I haven't even finished yet! I hate that.

Petesy will be rollin' in style. Let's hope he doesn't freeze. :)

hakucho said...

Love the stitch pattern...can't wait to see the finished coat!! Good luck :)

yoel said...

Those cables really pop with that yarn. Can't wait to see how it turns out!

Ellen said...

Why not call it "double twistin poppin cool"! Double because I see two cable twists that pop out real cool!! You didn't know your mom was so hot did you?

Sereknitty said...

How about 'Cajun Cables'? That spicy colour, combined with the cables just seems to fit. Looks fabulous!

Danielle said...

Oooo, I like sereknitty's name--neato :) I was thinking along the same lines like: Spicy Cables, but Cajun Cables is just waaaaay bettah ;)

I love your cable knitting, you rock at it. Peter is really lucky. I know what you mean about wanting it to fit for a few seasons, and I am glad that my daughter has been able to wear her babies and bears sweater last fall and this fall.