Here is my first update. I am so sorry I made you all wait. To all my knit-in pals, I am very very sorry & you all can stop berating me know! 😉

Project: Torgeir from The Viking Collection by Elsebeth Lavold

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Yarn: Debbie Bliss Merino DK in Navy Blue (color #225214)

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Needles Used: US size 4 straight, size 6 circular. Size 6 dpn used as cable needle.

Comments: I am very happy with the way this turned out! I would have to say this is the most ambitious project I have undertaken so far. I had a few pitfalls (learning what the heck “no stitch” meant, making a leap about repeating the chart at row 9 instead of 1, who knew?!) but it all came together in the end. At the very last minute. Even though I had started this thing in August, I didn’t finish knitting it until xmas eve! This led to frantic blocking & sewing.. which I actually finished xmas morning about an hour before we had to leave for my parents house! 🙂

At last, here it is…

Pic of sleeve join.. look how snazy!
Dad opening his gift!

See the surprise in his eyes!!

Here he is modeling it.
Fits perfectly! SQUEE!!

He liked it so much he wore it the rest of the day.

That’s him snuggling with his baby, Smokey
(he’s a keeshond)…
the dog, not my dad.. sheesh!

So, there it is. The happy dance was done and all are satisfied!

More updates to come! XD