The first stirrings of spring are happening at last. Our daffodils and japonica are out and I caught the chickens sun-bathing on the back lawn yesterday - their wings spread out and eyes half closed in blissful doziness. I, too, am looking forward to two weeks of self-indulgence now that school has broken up. Well, as much as is possible with three teenagers also home for the holidays. I managed virtually a whole day of work on the Hunter Jacket. I have knit all the pieces but the finishing (sewing together, knitting on button borders and collar) is taking a lot of slow careful attention. The borders are all folded-over hems, the collar with short-row shaping - so it is a highly 'finished' garment. The result is looking fabulous and fits beautifully, so hopefully I will have pictures to post tomorrow.
As a break from all the sewing up, I decided to start on my next project which is the Tea Leaves Cardigan by Melissa LaBarre. This is the antithesis of the Hunter Jacket in terms of construction - knit top-down, on a circular needle, with knitted-on sleeves and no sewing up at the end! The yarn I am using is Dream in Color Classy (Purple Rain): absolutely gorgeous, rich colour and a high squidge factor.