Well, I finished my Tilia shawl and believe me when I tell you, nothing about it worried me more than the finishing row. Last time I used a regular bind off and it looked terrible! It was such a disappointment that I gave the last one away.
This time I had more luck and the edge looks like it's supposed to, as far as I can tell. It's having a nice bath and when it's done, I'll be sure to post a picture.
For right now, I have my new project on the needles called Cora from Aran Knits. OMG, I love this sweater!
I purchased a bunch of Rowan Purelife blue faced Leicester (bfl) in brown and it is deliciously soft and warm. It's so reasonably priced I should have purchased a mountain of it.
This sweater is for my mother's birthday in February. I chose it because she's vertically challenged (less than 5' tall), and she doesn't like button down sweaters because they make her uncomfortable under her winter coat. I feel comfortable making the sweater shorter or longer, and I most certainly will need to shorten the sleeves.
Why another sweater for Mom? Because my mother says I never make her anything. I guess the hat, shawlette, socks, 2 shawls and the sweater don't count. And how's this: I made a hat for 3 year old Odessa for Christmas. I was going to embellish it, but my mother strongly discouraged that.
Fast forward, I bump into mom at the bank one day and she's wearing a baseball type hat. We're filling out our deposit slips and she starts talking about how hot it is in the bank so she pulls off the cap - underneath which is Odessa's hat! You. have. got. to be. kidding. me. Honestly, mom?
"It fit just right."
"Are you going to give Odessa her hat back?"
"She won't miss it."
"I'm never making you anything ever again!" Oy!
Who does that?! Anyway, two sweaters (one for Spring and one for Winter) ought to cool her knitted goods stealing heart.