Thanks for all the comments on the Tomten Jacket! I'm happy to share another Elizabeth Zimmermann and Noro pairing today. It's EZ's February Sweater (from Knitter's Almanac), and knit with 2.5 balls of Noro Matsuri (color #2).
Matsuri is a DK weight yarn, so I started with 55 sts, and all the stitch counts were about 10% more than original pattern. It's knit all in garter st to show off the stripes.That's all I have to say about this much-loved pattern; for me, this knit was all about the new cotton/wool yarn. It has chain construction, so it's a bit stretchy (easy on the hands), and lightweight too (great yardage!). It is soft, but didn't break no matter how hard I tried to pull it apart. It says to hand wash, but I machine-washed it anyway on wool (gentle) cycle in cold water and it came out fine. There were a few thick and thin bits, but on the whole it's much more even than other Noro yarns I've used. Can you tell I like this yarn? I bought some more so I can make Klaralund, which I've always liked, but found Silk Garden too scratchy around the neck. Good thing there's only one colorway (the black) that I would wear, or I would end up with lots of this, since a thin cotton would probably get lots of wear in the warm climate we have here.
I might have mentioned a few (gazillion) times how much I like knitting for babies. This year seems to be a bumper year, with colleagues, colleagues' relatives, relatives' friends, and just plain friends all expecting. This February sweater is going to a little boy born in January, so it should fit right about now (I hope- next time I might consider lengthening the sleeves a bit). There are more baby knits on the horizon, and you can expect to see more of this guy to model them.