Progress on the Tomten

O.K.  I know progress has been very slow – but the end is now in sight.  I’ve been working the edges (cuffs, etc) in a coordinating yarn, and I’m currently working on the button bands.

I’ve been putting off finishing the hood for ages – scared of doing “weaving” which Elizabeth Zimmermann makes look so easy.  I was even contemplating crocheting the two halves together and making the join a feature.  Anyway, I sat down at the kitchen table on Friday night and concentrating really hard (I had to send my husband out when he came to do some tidying up) I finally managed to weave the two edges together.  The final result is wonderful.  I’m so pleased I did it this way!  I held the stitches on some bamboo sock yarn, which ensured I didn’t drop any stitches but allowed the stitches to lie flat.  The bamboo yarn was nice and slippy – so was easy to remove afterwards.

I’m now trying to find some suitable buttons before I work the button holes.

Tomten jacket

This is Elizabeth Zimmermann’s design and it’s the first EZ design I’ve followed.  I’m working it in DK wool by Twilleys called Freedom Spirit. I’ve had the yarn for quite some time, but couldn’t find a project that would work for it (I wanted something that would show off the variegated colours and thought a moss stitch may work). Then I saw EZ’s Tomten jacket knitted in garter stitch, and realised that it was the one.

This project is actively in progress. I’m really enjoying it – it’s a good contrast to the fair isle jumper, which isn’t difficult but does take some concentration. Garter stitch can be whizzed along without much thought.

By the way, I originally saw the Tomten jacket in EZ’s “Knitting without tears”. It didn’t click as interesting. Then I saw it in “The opinionated knitter” with lots of photos of different variations. That’s when I knew I had to knit it.


These are in a bamboo mix yarn.  This is another project that is very close to being finished. ½ an hour and the toes will be sewn up. Unfortunately they’ve been like that for some weeks now.

Fair Isle Jumper

This is for my young boy.  It’s designed by me in 4 lovely colours. It’s in machine-washable double knitting wool, so great for this time of year. Nearly finished (just need to do the ends and block). Then I’ll write up the instructions.