Hi! Well, I finished it in time for a 3 day air-conditioned event that we must attend this coming Fri-Sun! Then we are off to the wilderness for a week!
The Yarn: Malabrigo Merino, 10 full skeins
The Color: "natural"...undyed, and very very soft because of it
The Pattern: "Grove"
The Designer: Elsebeth Lavold
The Book: Out of the Woods Book#13
Comments about the yarn: Malabrigo is warm, without being hot. I wore this coat outside today (sunny!) for a quite a length of time ...and I wasn't hot or uncomfortable! Nice, huh?
This pattern, for all it looks easy...was a nightmare filled with pattern errors and language ambiguities. And what made it worse, the designer doesn't include schematics in her books. Not one. Not even little ones. Fortunately, she will respond quickly to pattern questions that revolve around pattern errors. But not before I was yanking out my hair. :hair: Was the pain and agony worth it? Definitely! It fits wonderfully, and for the most part, the knitting went quickly. I blocked the pattern pieces before seaming. I was shocked how much dirt washed out! I use Unicorn Fiber Wash and Rinse. I don't know if the dirt embedded in the yarn while I was knitting it, or if it came pre-installed! But I am certainly glad I washed, rinsed and blocked the pieces! Phew!
I am blocking out that little crease at the top of the sleeve now.
I love my buttons! Seven in all!