Finished sweaters and an almost finished novel.

I am so close to finishing book two of Dragons of Arethia. So close. I know what the ending is going to be, but I’m still working on getting there. It keeps seeming like it’s closer than it is, and then more things have to happen to get the characters right there. I’m trying not to think about the fact that, once I finish, I will still have editing and a cover design to do.

I have, however, managed to finish some sweaters. Isn’t my daughter beautiful in her wool sweater? It’s just the perfect size for her. That’s what I was going for, one perfect-sized sweater, even if she does grow out of it soon. But then, I wasn’t able to finish it right away after I started it, and she went through a growth spurt, and I was afraid I’d totally missed the mark. Luckily, I’d been knitting it slightly too big for her newborn self, and it’s now perfect for her two-and-a-half-month self. It is the Vertebrae Newborn Sweater¬†pattern. It is a cardigan that has no fronts, so they are less likely to spit up on it. I also like it because then she can have long sleeves but show off whatever she’s wearing underneath. That’s why I like cardigans for myself anyway. It’s perfect because, since we had baby showers in the summer, she has some summer-y ¬†outfits that now fit her, but are a little too cold for the weather.

Here are a few more shots of the vertebrae sweater:

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I also finished some other sweaters, including one for Chris. I started that sweater almost three years ago…oops! For the longest time this year, it was only waiting for the ends to be woven in. I did those while on maternity leave, and then finally, last week, I blocked it. I also finally blocked the blue whale sweater, but it needs buttons. That’s the back of it that you see in this picture, it’s actually a cardigan. I still have two more sweaters to block for Astrid. One is gray with black stripes to match Chris’s, but the sleeves are too short already! I need to rip back and add on to the sleeves before it’s too late for her to wear it at all. Oops!