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I can hardly believe it, folks. The Warren Johnson pattern is finally up and ready for purchasing: a cool $6.50 or three pages of family story will get it for you.

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This has been, by FAR, the most complex and cussed pattern I have written. But you know? I think it may also be my best. I've had lots of pairs of eyes on it over the months, and the very uniqueness of some of the techniques forced me to slow down and really consider how most clearly to explain them. There's the video to clarify things as well, in addition to schematics with measurements, photos galore, a truly staggering number of charts, and what may well be the most thorough finishing section you have ever read. I don't think it's overkill, and I genuinely hope it's clear and accurate, after all this time. And what's even better: although the technique is odd, I don't think it's particularly difficult after you get the hang of things.

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Of course, a new pattern always means a new essay, and I'm pretty pleased with this one. Writing it wasn't as unexpectedly emotional as eulogizing Betty Jean, more of a long, reflective process, a time to collect and digest all the scraps of knowledge I had about my reserved, sometimes irascible grandfather. The result is long, and awkward at times, but I hope you'll take a look. I've certainly been enjoying some of the essays you folks have been sending my way recently; thank you for participating in the project!

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So, yay for progress. I have all my fingers and toes crossed that other versions of this jacket start popping up online. For one thing, there are so many color combos in which I'd love to see it: baby blue with light brown and cream; dark brown with green and tan; navy with green and yellow. I think the plaid colorwork technique may also lend itself to other projects, and I'd be excited to see what creative knitters could whip up in the way of hats, scarves or other accessories. But mostly, I love the finished product, and I hope others would, too. Happy knitting!

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  • Congratulations, lady. Good job.

  • What a beautiful essay!

  • I loooved reading that essay. I really really really did.

    Reading the final line was a light bulb moment for me: 'a classic look for a working man OR WOMAN'..... I hadn't thought of it for a woman, but I now realise that not only do I want to knit it, but I actually want to knit it for me.

    I've been unsuccessfully trying to think of a male to knit it for (my husband doesn't wear knitwear - incredible but true - it's not my father's style, and my brothers ain't getting that much work out of me until they start calling more often :) ) but in considering it as a woman's bomber jacket... well... I will meditate on it long and hard to consider a colour way just for me.

    Given how long it takes me to knit even the simplest of garments, do not be surprised if you don't see my version for a couple of years yet, but I'll let you know if I ever do get there.

    Magnificent work, as always.

  • I remember seeing the progress photos a few months back--it must be such a relief to see it completed! This is totally my boyfriend's style, I'm going straight back to Ravelry now to queue it. Wonderful job!

  • Isn't that fabulous! Congratulations on a long, hard but amazingly fruitful and beautiful project!

  • Bravo, Emily for a truly amazing and wonderful design project, for a compassionate reflection on the life of your hard to know grandfather, and for teaching us so much about so much.
    Bravo too for the web-work, David. The teaching video is superb, climaxed by Emily's giggle when Mr. Bingley settled into the knitting lap.
    You are both masters of your craft, making it all appear to be easy and inspiring all who visit your Family Trunk Project!
    Thank you!

  • Hi there just wanted to give you a quick heads up.The words in your article seem to be running off the screen in Safari.I’m not sure if this is a formatting issue or something to do with web browser compatibility but I figured I’d post to let you know. The style and design look great though! Hope you get the problem resolved soon. Many thanks!

  • I absolutely love that jacket, it really looks good. Something which is a perfect fit for cold weather. - Marla Ahlgrimm

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