If you have read this blog for any length of time you have probably heard of our friends the “Fishtrap” Family.
They are not actually surnamed Fishtrap – I just call them that to maintain their privacy and because I’ve knit them 3 Fishtrap Arans to date.
It all started out quite innocently: Last spring I set out to make similar sweaters for the twin boys for their 4th birthday.
The boys became the Fishtrap Twins.
Then I made another Fishtrap Aran for the father.
The father was dubbed Mr. Fishtrap and from there I’ve called them the Fishtrap family ever since.
Now those Fishtrap twins are almost 5 and it’s time to knit birthday sweaters again. I love knitting for other people. I think I’ll be knitting birthday sweaters for these guys until they’re 18. Ok, maybe not that long.
Mr. Maroon Fishtrap asked for a sweater just like his first, but orange. After a bit more discussion we decided it should be orange (but he likes red too), have white edges, pockets, a zipper, and a hood.
It sounded like a perfect excuse to knit one of EZ’s brilliant Bog Jackets.
The yarn is Plymouth Encore, a mostly acrylic wool blend, but washable and very soft to work with. The pattern is the Bog Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmermann, found in Knitting Around. I started this Thursday, April 10, and it’s going very very fast. I need to go buy more yarn tomorrow, this thing is a voracious yarn-gobbler.
I love the brilliant construction of the jacket, it’s so simple, but no modern person with our limitless supply of textiles would think of it nowadays. Its fun to find history in our hobbies.
I’m really excited about this “unvention” : Look! Pockets from Double Knitting! Ok, I’m sure other people have done this before, but I haven’t and I haven’t seen it, so let me get excited. And I really like to play with different textures when using garter stitch, there are so many ways to add detail.
Anyway, you can tell I’m having a blast. I’ll finish weaving up the first half tonight and finish off the sleeve and pockets until I can buy more yarn. After this it will be on to a Lusekofte for Mr. Blue Fishtrap!
I love being a knitter!