The cold is coming

and I’m ready.

This has been an unusually mild August here in DC, which may be a good thing to most…but for this lover of heat and humidity has been a little irritating.

The fall is always a little scary for me.  It’s a time where I am living under a constant cloud of the impending frigidity of winter.  And this August has felt like everything is just coming a little too fast…

Knitting has actually made this condition of fear and anxiety better by at least giving me something to look forward to — wearing all the lovely, warm sweaters I’ve knit.

So I’m ready.

with a nice sweater coat ready for fall.

It’s pattern #43 from Vogue Knitting, Fall 2007, the Diagonal Stitch Coat by Wenlan Chia.

My green goal for the year doesn’t allow me to use the Twinkle Soft Chunky that this pattern called for, so I doubled stranded Blue Sky Alpacas Dyed Organic Cotton instead.  And I definitely like it better.  First, the BSA Organic Cotton (100% organic cotton) is amazingly soft and has a shine to it that is really beautiful.  So while it created a fabric that is slightly heavier than using the Twinkle wool, it’s not as fluffy and as…huge.  It’s also quite warm without being suffocating, which I often feel in some of the pieces I’ve made with the Twinkle yarn.  And lastly, while the cotton does pill, it’s not nearly as bad as the Soft Chunky, which I really hate about that yarn (it’s so lovely until I wear it a few times and then…less beautiful).  So, in conclusion, I loved the yarn and highly recommend it as a good Twinkle substitute.  Though definitely welcome suggestions for green bulky-weight yarn.


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3 Responses to “The cold is coming”

  1. lekkercraft Says:

    It’s lovely. I’m glad for the tip on doubling the Blue Sky Organic Cotton–it really works for this jacket.

  2. sandrar Says:

    Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.

  3. Gail Liatsis Says:

    Hi I wonder if you can help me. I am making this sweater and am having trouble with the left front. I have knit the back and the right front but can’t seem to figure out how to get the stitches right with the decrease for the arm on the left side. Each time I do the first row the second row doesn’t work out stitch wise. Did you follow the pattern and have it work out or did you figure out an alternative? If so please let me know how you did it. It’s driving me crazy! Yours is beautiful by the way. Gail

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