It's really hard to take a picture of a one-armed sweater when you're wearing it. I'm just not coordinated enough to hold out one arm while taking a photo with the other. At least not unless I'm hoping to take a photo of the wall or ceiling. Yes, I could have just lay the sweater on the floor for the photo, but that isn't half the fun or challenge of taking action photos. :o)
Anyway, the February Lady Sweater for my Sis now has one completed sleeve. That leaves me with approximately 15 days to finish sleeve number two, which is completely doable. And find buttons, which may be a bit trickier. Finding buttons for things I wear is hard enough. Finding buttons for something for someone else to wear is harder. I'm tempted to not put buttons on it and let Sis pick out and sew on her own. She's got a whole lot more choices for button shopping than I do.
I am pretty certain that the sweater is still a surprise. Last week, when I was agonizing over what airplane knitting to pack, she did mention that I could always knit her more socks. (It was really cute because she specifically said she didn't mean to be pushy and I had just mentioned re-discovering the sock yarn she purchased just after Christmas.) I did mention that I couldn't work on her socks just yet because I had one project in the queue ahead of them, but that I'd get to them very soon. I made no mention at all of the sweater. I think we're good.
Now I just need to figure out if a) I have enough yarn left to make the February Fitted Pullover too and b) if I'll make it for her or for me! I should have enough yarn for the 3/4 length sleeve version. The long-sleeve version might be a bit dicey. She might wear the 3/4 length sleeve version once she tries it on. If she doesn't, I may just have to claim it as my own.
New Job Prospects
I've got a decent chance of getting a new job in the next few weeks. If things go well, I'll be moving most of the way across the country, which means packing up the stash. I'm giving serious consideration to sending most of the fleeces off to be processed before the move and then have them shipped to my new address after they've been turned into roving. That would greatly diminish the volume of stuff to pack in the fiber room. It would also do wonders toward getting me to actually DO SOMETHING with the multitude of fleeces. Let's face it, I've not managed to process a single one yet and some of them I've had for probably seven years.
The other cool thing about my potential new job is that the dress code is more relaxed. Of course what's odd about that is that I suddenly feel the urge to knit a bunch of nice sweaters (cardis, jackets) so that I can dress nicely and professionally. Making a point of knitting a little bit each day, I've figured out that I can actually accomplish larger projects, like sweaters. I used to think they took far too long (1-2 years), but now I can see that isn't the case. Heck, the February Lady Sweater is just one sleeve shy of completion and I only started it a month ago. If I work on worsted weight projects that are mostly seamless, I should be able to manage 4-6 sweaters in a year without giving up my sock knitting or the occasional shawl project.
Speaking of shawl projects....I've promised myself that I can buy the two skeins of Silk Thread II for the Evenstar Shawl just as soon as I get an official job offer. Hopefully things will progress fairly quickly on the job front since the KAL starts on the 12th and I don't want to end up hopelessly behind.