Also thankful that this is Day 21 of the NaBloPoMO. Only 9 more days of daily blogging left. Wont be doing this again. And the crowd goes wild :}
Knitting on the Thankful Sweater was completed last night. I have enough yarn left to graft to two top/sleeve halves together and to seam the body to the top. That's definitely cutting it too close for my comfort.
Today, I blocked my pieces
Now, I have a confession to make. All this time, I have been thinking (and blogging) that this yarn is Knit Picks Capra, a lovely merino, cashmere blend. However, when none of my spit splices were sticking I got a bit suspicious and went looking for the ball bands. I wound these balls up in September, and stuck the ball bands in my ball band stash box. Well, the yarn is actually Knit Picks Swish bulky, a washable merino. That means it has been treated so that it won't shrink or felt in the wash. Spit splice fail explained. Swish is still a nice soft wool.
My blocked stockinette stitch gauge is larger than the knit up gauge, just as my original gauge swatch suggested. I had no problem blocking to my planned measurements, except for the ribbing which is intentionally 1 inch shorter to save on a bit of yarn.
If the pieces dry by tomorrow, I might be able to seam it up in time for T-giving.