Still moving forward, just slowly.
Lately I haven't been touching the knitting after sunset, so progress has suffered. I did manage to tear myself away from Clessidra to pick up the stitches for the hood. Upon reading the instructions (I really ought to do this more often) I discover that the hood is a whopping 74 sts wide and is knit straight for 11 inches. This may take longer than I had thought, but I have only just passed the halfway point of my self-imposed deadline, so I have no reason to be anything less than optimistic that I will finish on time.
The red still makes me irrationally happy. It is a bit of a pain to flip the whole thing over each time I get to the end of a row, so I am glad I did not get ahead of myself and attach the sleeves. I need to figure out how I am going to knit the button band... my smaller needles are only 24" long, so there is no way I can pick up the whole way around. I would rather do it that way than in two pieces, but that may not be an option. If you are in the Toronto area and have a longer 3.25mm addi-like circular, perhaps we can work out a temporary custody deal?
Button-wise, it looks like the people have spoken. I will have to content myself with the knowledge that the inside of my buttons is as lovely as the outside.
I did get some work on Clessidra done, of course.
I also got around to googling for a knitalong. You might enjoy checking out the lovely socks in progress over there. One finished sock, as far as I can tell.
Despite all my fairly virtuous stash-knitting, I may have also bent my yarn diet...
I really couldn't resist. I did add a clause to my yarn diet absolving me from weakness as long as it involved a) a great deal, b) a discontinued yarn. This was both. The price was obscenely low, and the yarn (Yorkshire Tweed Chunky in Coast) was discontinued last fall. Extra bonus points for being a yarn that I have never knit with and a yarn that I do not currently have in the stash. Extra extra bonus points for fast, free shipping from England (shipped Friday, at my door Tuesday) and not paying duty!
Above all, this is an absolutely delectable yarn. I have no immediate plans for it, though I do have quite a few patterns that fit. It is a nice bulky yarn that would look good on either me or Mike, so I will revisit this next fall when the air starts to get that telltale edge. Special thanks to my official fibre temptress!