On my way to England for a very short visit. An easy trip up to Paris and then into the Eurostar waiting room at Paris Gare du Nord. Grumpy Americans in the waiting room who seemed to think that the seating is not only for them but also for their baggage and don't like putting it on the floor so that more people can sit down. Are all Americans arrogant or just tourists?
Back in October I signed up to test a knitting pattern for Linda Marveng. Conic Coat has an elegant shape and a variety of stitch techniques which were a revelation to me. The body has a triangle stitch which sounds straightforward and not really worthy of comment until you realise that the triangles are constructed and not just knit using purl and plain stitches. This construction gives then a 3D look and feel and helps to give weight to the coat. The downside for me was that the triangles were aggravating my arthritic thumbs. It isn't a difficult stitch to do but it involves a few finger acrobatics and my thumbs revolted, so with Linda's blessing a made the arms in stocking stitch with just two rows of triangles on the cuffs.
The shawl collar starts with a neat tuck and then a ribbing which is quick to knit - fortunately since I had nearly 500 stitches on the needles! And finally an I-cord bind off (which I did very quickly on the machine) creates a very neat finish.
As I explained to Linda my only major problem has come with the blocking. I want to block it as the triangles need to open up a little but just as I finished it the cold weather set in and I haven't actually taken it off since!