Caped On A Cold Day

Slouchy Cable Beret

Red Java Slouchy Beret

I am a serial knitter.  At least I became one in the last month.  I committed to starting AND finishing three pieces to accompany an old (but still unworn) orange, brown and cream tweed cape.  Two you already know about: Malabrigo Arm Thingies (Ravelry) and Malabrigo Neck Thingie (Ravelry).  The newbie is Natalie Larson’s wonderfully slouchy cabled beret, Star-Crossed Slouchy Beret.  The only change I made to this easy, cabled hat was to double the rows of k1, p1 ribbing.

Like they say on the infomercials, “That’s not all!”  I’ve even resurrected a project started almost two years ago.  Despite good intentions (and a cheat),  I’ve never even come close to finishing the beautiful knitted lace Honeybunch (Ravelry).  I picked it up last week and have made it to the 75% mark.  Christmas?  I really, really hope so.  Must. Stay. Focused.

The only thing standing in the way (at least in my sometimes unrealistic head) is a baby gift. It’s getting down to the wire for the baby’s birthday and I need something quick, thick and chunky.  I’ve thrown out the idea of finishing the beautiful vintage baby dress – for now, at least.  I’m trending toward a jumper in some long-discontinued Rowan bulky yarn.  I knit it before so it should be a slam dunk.

I know I promised to get a shot of me wearing the cape and the knits all together.  Monday’s chilly weather and a trip to the courtyard of the Fourth Presbyterian Church on Michigan Avenue offered the perfect opportunity.

Baby Its Cold

Baby, It's Cold Outside

8 comments to Caped On A Cold Day

  • I like it! I wasn’t sure how the colors would work out, but as usual, you did a great job. I like the way the colors all work with the cape without being matchy matchy.

  • I love the hat and you look so wonderfully warm in all your knitwear!

  • The hat and hand thingies go GREAT with the cape – and look fantastic on you! And congratulations on picking up a WIP from long ago – I tend to end up unraveling those and reusing the yarn. ONWARD!!!!!

  • That is one killer combination of handknits and tweedy goodness! It all goes together beautifully, and I love the hat. I’ve knit two of those as gifts, and would love to make one just for me.

    That church is so beautiful. It’s such a surprise to see it when you’re downtown amidst all the hustle and bustle.

  • Oh, LOVELY! And the cape fabric is scrumptious, but I like a good tweed!

  • Clasca

    When you start you don’t know when to stop 🙂
    It looks marvelous and so nice and warm.
    Elmar spend hours and hours waiting on O’Hare airport last week, first on the way to Nashville and a few days later on the way back. He is not going to fly via Chicago this winter any more 🙂

  • I haven’t seen a cape worn in a long time. When I was young I had one too, and I loved it. Yours looks gorgeous, as well as the handknits going with it!

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