Thanks for all the nice comments on the Pea Pods! I can't figure out all of your e-mail addresses, so if you don't get a personal reply, that's why, but thanks for the back-pats. It helps because it's a bit of a letdown to be finally DONE with these and back to all my boring UFOs.
I think Crys and Ronise liked the sweaters!
They have since announced that they are having twin boys (I hadn't known the genders). They seem to think the colors are okay, though. Whew!
In other news, Hedera #2 is crawling along. I'm still on the leg, haven't even gotten to the endless gusset yet. Partly this is the pattern (lace is somewhat more time-consuming than other types of knitting), but I think I can lay some of the blame on the needles. These (pictured here with Hedera #1) are from a sock-knitting set (I think Boye?) that I picked up at Michael's ages ago. I started the first sock on them because my only other set of #1s were in use; now I have several sets, but I thought I'd better knit sock #2 on the same needles or risk a gauge mismatch. Not only do the stitches slide a little more slowly on these than on my fast Inox babies, the tips on these are a little on the blunt side. Often, it takes me a few tries to get the needle into the stitch. While this might only be a few seconds in actual time, it does add up. But I still think I can manage to get these done in time for Christmas — at least, I hope so.