It feels like I didn't get as much knitting done in 2015 as I usually do. I was busy with stuff at church, and at the request of my husband I decided to not knit in the evenings. At first it really bothered me to just sit and not work on anything, but I kept reminding myself that rest is important too. So here is what I completed:
September - Whoops, looks like life got in the way and I didn't finish anything!
November - I spend this month working on secret projects that you will see next summer. Shhh!!!
Over the years I've limited myself to making Christmas presents only for the closest people in my life. Less stress and it seems more meaningful to give a handmade present to someone whom I know will appreciate it. My husband is going to spend quite a bit of time in the next few months in a cold climate, and since he doesn't have a proper wool jacket I figured it was high time I make him one.
I've never sewn with wool before, so this project was an adventure for me. I did a bit of reading about sewing with wool, and the big tips were: use a press cloth, and use lots of steam.
Fabric: black Italian wool blend from Mood Fabrics, and black cotton flannel from my stash.
Pattern: Simplicity 1328 view A with some modifications.
Modifications: The pattern is for an unlined jacket with a doubled yoke and buttoned shirt cuffs, and I wanted to add a lining for extra warmth.
It would have been nice if this project had been a complete surprise to my husband, but realistically it was much better for him to try on the muslin and the body of the jacket as it was in progress. It wouldn't have been a good surprise if it didn't fit!
Cassie loves to knit, read and cook. She sometimes does all three at the same time.