What can I say? I love it!
I have triumphed over the novelty yarn.
This goes off to its future owner tomorrow. I'm oddly reluctant!
The Vandyke-pattern sweater (I am not going to call it that!) is going fairly well, if you can call ripping out 12 rows for every 16 or so well. That's because I'm trying to learn how to design an adult sweater as I knit it, and, for example, waist shaping is challenging when you have no books on the subject. It's going to be so pretty, though. Here you can see the diamonds on the buttonhole placket and the Vandyke pattern in the sweater front.
I've been trying to get back to abandoned UFOs, so I pulled out the old cotton bathmat I was trying to make early in 2006 (and, hence, early in my knitting career). At the time, I was using my Denise size 13s, which make cotton stitches almost squeak as they reluctantly move, plus I was just realizing that knitting cotton was hard on your hands. I didn't 'get' the pattern, so I didn't have any helpful stitch markers in place and I was trying to read instructions instead of my knitting, so I kept messing up and ripping out.
Now I am armed with the lovely April's Addi 13s (for which I will forever be grateful), I can read my knitting, and I have some stitch markers.
Things are going much better. I'm more than halfway done and I can imagine this ever ending.
This is good because I do need a nice bathmat.