You can tell I'm going on vacation Saturday. I'm not even reading blogs. I'm racing around finishing errands, projects, responsibilities so I can leave town with a free conscience. But all the while, I'm mildly distracted by the notion that by next week, none of this is going to matter to me. At least not for a while!
I'll be in Australia for a month (we always go for a month. I realize it sounds decadent, but you have to travel ~30 hours all up to get from San Diego to Perth, and I have about three days of jet lag after we arrive, so that's more than 4 days gone right there. That said, I'm lucky to get enough vacation to do this). I will probably read blogs a little bit while I'm there, but it'll be over a shared dialup connection, so very very slow. Please forgive me if I don't comment on your blogs as often as I usually do. I will return May 28 :-)
I think I might actually finish Bristow in time for the trip. I was having trouble with the seams; I do love mattress stitch, but lining it up isn't always as easy as books would have you believe, and the black yarn was stymieing (argh. I cannot spell that. Current tense of 'stymied'?) me. So I came up with a trick — mark all the increases and decreases with yarn, so I can see short distances to the next line-up goal. It works!
I finished both arms, realizing as I was nearly done with the right arm that I had reversed most of the k2tog vs ssks on the edges. Oops. But I am not ripping. If you look closely, you can probably see the difference, but I think it's tough enough to notice on the black yarn that I'm not going to bother. I want this sweater done!
Current status: both arms seamed. Left front sewn to the back. One arm is half set in. Nearly done with the knitting of the right front. Then it's just finish setting in front, arms, and knit up the button bands and collar. I will make it!