I am writing this ahead of schedule because I will be away at Meg Swansen's Retreat 2.75 this weekend. My computer will be lying neglected at home so I am posting before I leave. Besides, I have news to report! After all my whining about the Sideways Cardigan and my lack of motivation to knit it, I found the motivation to finish it in record time. You can see it blocking below. The motivation came from wanting to show it off at the Retreat. Also, I want to move on. I want to start working on the next project and also to finish up my Wild Apple. So I knit on, late at night on Sunday and Monday night, finishing it. I dislike knitting things flat, especially cotton. The Purelife is a lovely soft yarn but it is cotton. Spit splicing is not possible and ends can pop out. I ended most balls at the side edges but there were a couple of places in the yoke where I ran out of yarn mid-row and didn't want to tink back. Besides, by then I realized that the edges are not all that useful in this piece because there is minimal finishing at the edges.
I did a round of single crochet around all the edges and I've pinned them down so they dry flat. I lengthened the cardigan by one repeat of the wavy pattern so it comes to my waist. My midriff does not need to be showcased. I also reduced the ease to 3-4" rather than the 6-7" in the pattern.
I have to find buttons but in the meantime I will use a shawl pin to keep the top closed.
My next few posts will be all about the Retreat. Stay tuned!