What ever happened to the Great Red Coat?

Back in April, I started the Highlander’s Wife MKAL and simultaneously cast on the Great Red Coat thinking the MKAL shawl would be so easy that I’d need to have a secondary project to keep myself busy. It’s true, I needed a little something to keep me busy…for the first two weeks. After that, my plan went straight down the toilet. I didn’t need anything to keep me busy while I waited for the next clue, I needed more time! The MKAL started to teach me lessons about time management somewhere around the third clue. I hadn’t progressed as much as I would have liked so I was behind. I kept a laser focus on the MKAL and didn’t come up for air until it was washed and blocked. Just as I was about to pick up the coat, my second son asks me to make him a new blanket.

There was no way I was going to get away with bumping a new blanket down on my mental knitting queue. This request for a new blanket was made last summer, and he graciously took a break from asking during the winter. Now that summer is upon us again, and he has grown several inches, I had to make his blanket next. He wanted a Superhero theme, I wanted to use yarn from my stash. Since I had some green and black, I came up with Loki Blanket. It was another project that grew exponentially so my estimation of a week turned into two and change.

This week, I finally got around to starting the coat again. I found out I only had about four or five inches of smocking to do on the back before the shoulder shaping and final bind-off. I was genuinely surprised I had made so much progress, but that happens when it’s been a month since I even looked at the coat. Three cheers for me because I have possession of all the components: extra yarn, pattern, stitch markers, cable needle, WIP, and sanity. I was a little worried I’d lost something because I could lose my car key in my hand, so it was nice to find my WIP in its project bag with all the notions still inside.


The back is finished and I’m working on the front panels. Lefty is sailing right along which makes me a little cocky about the right side. No worries, though. I’ll get a big fat reality check with the sleeves. I always forget how much they have to grow…and there’s two of them…and they’re long. Wait, why am I doing this? Oh, right. Future warmth.

I still love you, coat!





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