Thanks for all the kind comments, everyone. It's been almost a week since I finished this project and I'm really missing working on it.
Yep, she better! I actually started knitting in late Aug and never told her I'm learning to knit 'cuz I wanted her birthday gift to be a surprise. I took pictures at various stages and places I took the knitting to and made up a cute document to put in the box. She sure is in for a surprise!
Oh that's such a nice compliment... thank you. I found that keeping the working yarn loose helps a lot. Also discovered (much to my dismay) that watching tv while trying to knit a pattern however familiar is NOT a good idea