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  • Raising a glass of sparkling wine in your general direction, Ann. Can’t wait to get cracking on the sweater!

  • Oh, Ann, I’m sorry you’re coughing. It’s terrible when the mom is sick, she says, with runny nose and teary eyes. I hope your children are taking good care of you and not driving you crazy.
    And, knit on!

  • I can see the light at the end of the impossible tunnel! I can think about planning for yarn! I can push digital chicken soup and tea with lemon and Delsym in the Megabottle your way!
    Take care of yourself…get better. We have waited our whole lives for the perfect handknit. We can wait this tiny bit more.

  • First, thank you for something new to be hypochondriacal (is this a word?) about.
    Second, I will recreate that infamous first cardigan, without the gauge issues, but with the colorwork. Maybe with the gauge issues, but not with gorilla arms. Oh heck – maybe with the gauge issues and the gorilla arms, but with buttons this time. I loved that sweater.
    Surprisingly, you will recover, so enjoy lounging, and milk that cold for all it’s worth!

  • Just…um…a thought here. By creating a jewel-neckline-ed sweater with set-in sleeves, no matter what kind of edging we put on it, it will still look like the top layer of nearly every twinset in history. We’re recreating the wheel here. Of course, ours will be the most democratic wheel ever known.

  • I got a new cocktail shaker for this occasion 🙂 I would be more than happy to break it in, making a Delsyn cocktail JUST FOR YOOOOOOU.
    Just as long as I don’t have to knit the sweater. LOL

  • Hallelujah! I bought my C220 in midnight heather.
    I’ve got that cold too, Ann. I was up most of last night with a throat pinpricking cough every 100 seconds; Mark timed me. He says I should have some scotch before bed tonight. I’ll raise my glass to you before I down it.

  • I vote we send Ann to Congress to help keep things civil in DC! Looking forward to the patterns. . . .

  • There is a special place reserved in the “Start Knitting in January or February” column for the perfect sweater. So excited. I wanted to tell you, too, that with all this knitting talk and what with designing the square neckline and all, I started a blog, too. Nothing terribly exciting there yet but a girl can dream! Stop by sometime, when you aren’t busy test knitting. 🙂

  • So excited so excited SO HOOTING ROOTING TOOTING EXCITED to make the perfect sweater (c).
    I hope you get over your cough quickly.

  • Because I am all about consensus (at times almost pathologically so) I posit the creation of a seed stitch hem. I can see it now. A couple rows of seed stitch on the RS, a row of purl stitches, and then turned under as a hem. Bulky, perhaps… but at least all the special interest groups would be mollified!

  • My big problem is I think I know what I want and then someone says something else and I think “great idea.” I’m in dire need of blinkers and ear muffs, wonderful look for the time of year 😉
    I’m coughing with you all the way! Get well soon.

  • you work so diligently for us….no wonder you haven’t had time to take those health conscious vitamins. please rest!

  • you forgot to list the funnel-cake-neck…whatever the heck that is!

  • Thank you Jessica, just ordered my “grapey-heathery” yarn. Looking forward to sweater almost perfection!

  • I ordered C220 in color:2411, Cafe. The folks at The Fiber Gallery were super helpful and nice. They did not stock the color, so they got it special from the warehouse, just for me. Yippee!! Thanks Jessica.

  • Hi! I’ve just read back through all the posts since the beginning of the design of the Perfect Handknit, and while I’m so glad I found this, I am bummed I didn’t find it sooner! It’s been a hoot just catching up on what’s been done – I can imagine it’s been a blast while it’s happening. I did get to vote for seed stitch before the polling closed, and I pretty much went with the majority on every other decision (except the collar, and I was in the shawl collar minority there.) Anyway – great to find you… can’t wait to see how this sweater turns out! I’m definitely on for making it!!