When I first put it on, I panicked and hated it. It seemed misshapen and ill-proportioned. So I wore it over to my knitting store for some opinions. Well, it was a hit.
All it needed was a little steam to make things fall flatter, and voila. My ladies saved me. In fact I think a couple of my knitting pals may now make the same coat. Now, to head off the knitting postpartum, I have to figure out what to knit next before I leave for the UK!!
In the meantime, I thought I'd share some of the other things that were happening at the big knitting table:
Needlepoint stool cover (we make special exceptions for some needlepointers!)
It's always such great escape to go to Annie and Co. when other projects are stuck or overwhelming. I've been thinking a lot about why I've found this particular new obsession. Besides the calming meditative loveliness, it's because it's so immediate. You SEE results, and just as importantly, mistakes are absolutely fixable. And as heart wrenching as it is, if you really hate it when you're done, you can rip it out and make something else. So much else in my particular world involves waiting and seeing. Or working your butt off and feeling/seeing very few tangible results. (This is why I will never give up touring. I LOVE the immediacy of the response.)
This same phenomenon may be why I also love doing laundry, I love cleaning, I love making toast. Even ironing. These are such simple things, but it's so gratifying to do them well. To see that sparkly bathtub, that perfect crisp shirt, to put on those cozy clean pajamas fresh out of the dryer.
And what tastes better then buttery yummy toast with a little cinnamon and sugar sprinkled on top? (In your new COAT!!)