The third coat is done. Liddy wanted something comfy and fluffy and she wanted white trim. I used the same pattern for Sadie's coat. This is becoming a favorite pattern. It's McCalls M5743.
This white fluffy trim was sort of crazy and hard to sew with. I think it's minky, or something like it. It sheds and stretches like crazy. To use as a trim, I sewed it into a long tube first, so there were no raw edges to deal with. This made attaching it so much easier, and also a lot thicker, which was fun becasue it makes the coat flare out a bit. The purple is polar fleece, not my favorite material, but she loves it and I couldn't find cotton sweatshirt-weight jersey in a purple.
She likes to come inside and keep it on and nap in it—which I think means it passes the comfy test.
Since finishing Delia's sweater I have not re-found my knitting groove and I miss it.
I'm in between books right now. I finished The Straight Man (good, but I was frustrated with the characters and I found the book more stressful than funny) while we were in Sunriver and The Giver I read over this last weekend. I had never read it before, it came out when I was in college and was not on my radar. It was good although it did have that heavy-handed required school reading vibe to me. I do appreciate the discussion potential and ambiguous ending. I'm trying to figure out when the girls should read it. Early in the summer I read Holly Black's Modern Faeire Tales trilogy (Tithe, Ironside, and Valiant) which were absorbing and fun in that it-sucks-to-be-a-teenager-with-a-lame-mom-and-now-I-realize-I'm-a-pixie-but-I-didn't-know-it kind of way. I was a bit confused at times, but that could have been me needing a nap.