I really am very close to a sweater now - I have two sleeves, a back, and one front. The second front is cast on. While knitting that piece, I must contemplate the edging. The pattern calls for crochet, but I am not all that fond of crochet, both as a process and as a trim - I've done it on sweaters before and have been less happy with it than I might be (I admit here and now that this could be because my execution is poor - please do not read this as a condemnation of the craft in general). I may do i-cord instead. I may leave it as is. Only time will tell.
What sweater, you may ask (it having been so long since there was much in the way of knitting content around here)? Poplar and Elm, I reply. I am knitting it out of HazelKnits Entice, and I can find no flaw in this yarn. I'm liking the pattern rather a lot, too. I did get a titch paranoid about whether I was knitting a size that will be big enough for me, though, so I blocked the back and sleeves before casting on for the first front, just to be sure. (I'd like everyone to be proud of me for a moment here, though - note that I did not just knit a size bigger than it seemed like I ought to, just to be sure it would fit, as I have done in the past.)
The motifs on this are quite nice, pairing, as they do, an openwork increase on the sleeves, with the same motif using M1 increases for the body. I am particularly enamored of the body motif, I must admit (this is why I haven't cleared the blocked pieces off the end of the dining room table yet).
My spinning is calling to me, but I am so close on this that I think I'll plow through until the second front is done. Maybe even this weekend? Hmmm...