For knitting news: my mother-in-law is wonderful. She knew how much I would appreciate a hand knit sweater for Christmas. She worked hard at finding the right pattern, the right yarn and knitting everything up in time - all while living on a boat! BUT, when she tried to sew it together she realized there were a few fatal mistakes. Had there just been one mistake she could have fixed it but:
1. the front was longer than the back
2. the arm holes didn't match up
3. the front panel decreases didn't line up
4. the shoulder seam started halfway down the arm and looked funny
She had made these mistakes during the time that she was ill so it's all taken in stride. My mother-in-law is an accomplished knitter and taught me everything I know. So my beautiful sweater went from these pieces:
She had never used a ball wider before so we had fun unraveling everything and winding it up. We searched my binder of patterns and found Eris. I had printed out this pattern a few years ago because I just love the cables. It's an intermediate pattern with advanced cable work so I'm definitely not ready for it yet. She decided that the yarn that she already has works and it's a raglan top down and she loves that method for making sweaters. So I'm getting the Eris cardigan now! YAY!!