Knitting keeps us going. And in the face of this year of things taken away, I've been knitting. My newest Finished Object is Shalom. This Shalom is not for me, though I have plans for at least one Shalom for me. This one is to celebrate the best news this year brings. My daughter is pregnant. She and my son-in-law have worked a long time to put their lives in the order they want to bring a baby into the world, and they are just so in love with this little bitty being to be. The baby is due in February. Shalom works so nicely for pregnancy, don'tcha think? Also good for nursing.
I started Shalom a couple times, and ripped back the yoke a couple times more. Pattern specifies bulky yarn and I'm using worsted. Brooks Farm Yarn Four Play worsted, a lovely merino silk blend with a luxurious soft and silky feel that makes me grin all over. Deliciously warm, too. This sweater is a birthday present to my daughter so I started it in secret, without having seen her in a while so I misjudged the size I needed to make. Same for the yoke adjustments. Even now, I'm not sure my calculations and the yarn agree on appropriate size, but the sweater just had a bath and is now pinned to block and dry. Fingers crossed it fits, at least well enough. If not, I have another yarn picked out to make another one for her.