I kept on knitting and knitting, and here you can see that I'm nearly at the other sleeve - only one more stripe. Except that I made another silly mistake when I was knitting on automatic, and the neckline doesn't match. I can solve it by folding in an extra stripe on the left front, so that's two stripes to go.
It looks rather huge, doesn't it? I've tried it on as much as I can, and I like the way it looks, so that's OK. It doesn't look so vast when there's an arm in the sleeve and it's wrapped around a person. The dark navy stripe, which I was worried about, falls at the centre front and it looks very good, so I don't need to worry about that any more. I hope the finishing around the neck is going to pull it together a bit.
I was telling a knitting friend about this jacket and she looked at the photograph and said, 'Isn't it a bit boring?' I felt rather defensive, not about myself and my dullness in being prepared to knit such a thing, but defensive on behalf of the jacket. Daft, eh? All I can say in my and the jacket's defence, is that I couldn't and wouldn't knit it without the stripes: I would find it far to dull to knit it all in one colour, but I still find pleasure in watching the colours change.