It’s been over two years since I left my job to look after the Dafter full-time. My workmates gave me a marvellous farewell gift, a voucher to Loop in London. With it I bought a few things for immediate consumption, and also the wool to make a bed jacket.
This pattern was one that I’d wanted to make for quite a while. But I didn’t start on it right away. I was fully occupied with looking after the very ill Dafter and with selling our flat while Michael was working in Glasgow, and I didn’t have the concentration to begin a project that was so different from things I had knit previously. The wool (Berroco Ultra Alpaca) came along with me to Glasgow and spent a year in my craft cupboard here, and I began the bed jacket last September.
I took my time knitting it, as I was making other things and also had my unexpected trip to Portland. I finished it in February, and it has been a great thing to have:
The alpaca wool is so soft and warm! With the big collar, it’s very cosy to wear while reading in bed at the end of a long day. (Link to Ravelry notes is here.)
As usual my family witnessed the ongoing project – in this case, my bafflement at attaching the collar (got it right the third time), and the knitting of nearly three meters of lace edging. And then when it was done, I had a hilarious conversation with Michael.
Michael: What are you going to wear that with?
me: My pajamas.
me: It’s a bed jacket. For keeping you warm when you’re sitting up in bed. Haven’t you heard me referring to it as my BED jacket over the past four months?
Michael: Yes, but I thought that was just a metaphorical expression.
I was tempted to say, “No, it’s LIT’rally a bed jacket!” I thought I would model it for you, but not in my pjs. It was fun to make, and a lovely reminder of almost nine happy years in my last job.
I hope your week is going well!