Thank you everyone, for your kind words. Unfortunately, death is a part of life, so what do you do when life's got you down?
Just keep knitting, just keep knitting....
And all that knitting results in a French Braid cardigan that only needs sleeves now
I did some minor modifying on the bottom. The pattern has you knitting to 19", then doing less than an inch of ribbing. but I wasn't fond of that short ribbing, so I knit to 15.5" and did 4" of ribbing.I will do something similar on the sleeves.
I also modified the ribbing to flow from the cables better - I'll show that at a later date.
So far, I love how this is turning out. I probably could have knit one size up - but the pattern said it had two inches of positive ease, which would have made that size too big. If this was a sweater that had to be buttoned up, I'd be in a little trouble, but as it's just a comfy cover-up, it's just fine. Besides which, I've successfully lost almost 10lbs in the last month, so maybe in another month, it will fit just perfect.
As you can see, the Bamboo Tape is giving it lovely drape. It's not my favourite yarn to knit with (very slippery!) and I don't think most people would consider using a ribbon yarn for this sweater, but so far, the yarn/pattern combination has been working just fine.
And it will be nice to have this yarn out of my stash - it was one of my first sweater yarn purchases, when I started knitting seriously.... way back in 2007!
I got it from Aileen's Wool Shop on eBay. (Good prices, great service!) In fact, I've bought a fair bit of yarn from her. I have still have 10 balls of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK (burgundy), 10 balls of Debbi Bliss Stella (lipstick Red), 15 balls of Louisa Harding Kashmir Aran (lemon yellow), 14 balls of Rowan Cashsoft DK (wine), and 14 balls of Regia Silk Six Ply (pine green). Hmmm... methinks next year's goals may encompass a stash down of "sweater" proportions.....