Though I still have to pick out and sew on buttons and block, I'm happy to say that the first baby sweater is done. What's more, I managed to get the whole sweater out of one skein of yarn, with just a few yards leftover.
Tonight I plan to sit down with my buttons and find something that works so that I can block and have this thing packaged up and ready to be given to the recipient by the end of the week.
I've started the second sweater, in the same size but a different color, but I'm putting this one on hold for the time being while I work on a design. Quite a few months ago, I submitted a pattern to KnittySpin. I never heard anything about it, and when the Deep Fall issue went live, I figured I didn't make the cut. I did e-mail in to see what happened, and as I suspected, there was an issue with their e-mail yet again (you may remember that the last time I submitted, my submission got snagged by the spam filter). I had tested the pattern in secret -- because I'd used handspun and wanted to get an idea of how it would work in commercial yarn -- and got great feedback on it from my testers, so I've decided to rework it in commercial yarn and self-publish. Here was the original, knit in my fractally spun Bee Mice Elf Polwarth back in March.
The new version is being worked up in some leftover tosh dk in Forestry; based on some rough calculations, I think I have about 180 yards of it, which I'm hoping will be enough. If not, I have a full skein of dk in Baltic that I'll use (but I love this green so much).
What else am I in the middle of? My Window to My Soul -- I put in a little more time on it over the weekend, so it's grown a little.
I still have almost 20 rows to do before I'm ready to separate the sleeves from the body, after which I hope it will grow at a slightly faster rate. I have a feeling, though, that it might be a bit too chilly to wear it when it's done, so it might end up waiting until we go to Florida in December.