The new Knitty Winter has been out for a few days, and I picked up my next project, Surface by...guess who... Norah Gaughan! (again!) There is something about her designs that attracts me and I feel compelled to knit everything she designs. Of course, life gets in the way, so sometimes I forget about her designs, until we meet again.
The jacket looks fantastic - it has a classic shape and the blisters that decorate the sleeves, the collar and the extra stole (fixed to the buttons, very clever!) make it look like a piece of knitwear you'd be happy to spend plenty of money on a first class boutique.
So, what did I do...I thought of using my Rowan 4ply Soft, but it was far too thin to match the gauge...and then I paid a visit to Cucumberpatch, who had plenty of Jaeger Extra Fine Merino in many colours, including a middle grey that just begged to be transformed into Surface. So I ordered it, whole 16 skeins (because you'd better have one left than being one too short, right?).
On Monday, I cast on and as of today I have knitted just past the first decreases on the back piece:
I used needles 3.5mm for the border in 2/2 rib, and 4mm for the main body. The gauge is almost as given. Almost. Did I say that I did not do a swatch with 4mm? The 3.75mm were just too thin for the yarn, so I ignored the swatching. And the swatch police.
I can't wait to knit the blister pattern, so maybe after the back I will have to cast on the sleeves...or the stole even!