Yesterday, I received a Christmas card from a friend I had not heard from in years. We did residency together and were close at one point; it was shared misery, true, but we also genuinely liked each other. It was lovely to hear from her, but the news was mainly about the various bucket list trips she had taken in the last year(s). Galapagos! Falklands and Georgia Islands! Australia and New Zealand! And for a few hours, I had envy. In a sense, it was what I call “theoretical” envy: as exciting as her travels sounded, I also knew that if it came down to it, I would not go to those places — well, except Australia and New Zealand . . . What I do know is that I envied the resources she had to make these trips — 20 years of working as a doctor does build up the bank account. And to think I could have that amount of money, had I chosen to continue as a doctor!
In this season of plenty, in my life of plenty, the word that comes to me is “enough.”
Pattern: Trailhead, by Veronik Avery, from Brooklyn Tweed Fall 2015.
Yarn: The yarn was a worsted weight Lambspun merino/silk blend in the color “barn red,” reclaimed from the Ogee Tunic that I knitted back in 2009. As pretty as the tunic was, I did not wear it. Then I got smaller, but the tunic didn’t . . . The yarn had dye variations (see picture #3) that I apparently did not notice in 2009.
The old lady buttons came from Mom’s stash; she had eight buttons, so I was able to use the extra one so that I have an alternative way to wear the collar.
Modifications: Being a short woman, the cardigan turned into more of a coat on me, not a bad thing at all since it covers my hips completely and the pockets ended up at a comfortable and useful height. I did make adjustments to the sleeve lengths as well as raglan depths and the shoulder darts so that the shoulder girdle fit properly.
Thoughts: Clever patterns require a lot of directions, and in typical BT fashion, this pattern was quite long. However, I do think it was overkill to include detailed directions on how to wash and block . . . I like the tailoring details for the shoulder; I know some knitters didn’t like how high the raglan lines are in the front, but I think they look fine. The arms are also more fitted than I would have thought given the relaxed fit of the rest of the cardigan. It’s a design choice that I personally would not have made, but I went with it and ultimately I think it does work for this particular jacket. I have knitted quite a few Veronik Avery designs in the past and always appreciate her attention to details.