Okay, I am so proud. I HATED knitting. I mean HATED it. I tried over and over since I was a little girl but I just could not knit. I would crochet from time to time, but lost interest in it because it did not look quite as cool to me as hand knitted items did.
A few years ago I went to a fiber festival to keep my daughter busy and long story short, ended up after two years of going the third year I got a small spinning wheel. Before this, I had no desire or interest in knitting or working with fiber at all. It bored me.
This coat is the 2nd thing I have ever knit (the other rainbow coat was partially knit on an ancient needle bed) but the first entirely hand knit anything I have done and finished. I also hand dyed all of the fibers and hand spun as well on my wheel. The wool is superwash merino.
I loved the artistic hand dyed and hand spun yarn look so I just HAD to learn to knit to make the fibers look as cool as I wanted them to. Bamboo needles helped too.
These photos were taken when it was almost 20 degrees below zero windchill so they are not too good but I did not take any other photos of it yet.
The coat did not win at the festival I competed at- but it did get a white ribbon. (in 4-H that usually meant that you could not go any lower, so I am not sure what that means in a fiber arts festival)
Considering that it is my first ever project entirely handknit, I am very proud of it regardless.
Oh yeah, and the buttons are made of dichroic glass- which I LOVE. And the pattern is an oversized take off on the Vogue Holiday Issue Hexagon Coat from a year or two ago. I like my coats big so I put elastic in the extra long sleeves to keep the wind from blowing through them and I also reinforced the waist and collar with elastic too since these photos were taken, which keeps it in place much better.
In case you don't remember my rainbow coat- I posted this quite a long time ago somewhere here on Crafster, but it was stored on photobucket. Now it is stored here on Crafster. I am reposting so you can see the first ever knitting project I am talking about above.