The Fireside Cardigan is really close to done. Like, really close. Body all knitted, shoulders seamed and everything. See? It's obviously not blocked or anything, but every day it's becoming a more and more wearable item of clothing. Not the most flattering photograph, but it pretty much never looks flattering to close a double-breasted item of clothing with a single safety pin over three layers of pajamas and take a picture of yourself in the bathroom mirror. At least I got smart and cleaned the mirror. Eventually.
The sleeves are done up to the armpits. Now I have to knit the sleeve caps and sew them to the body, and sew the collar piece down after grafting it together (I'm going to graft it, not seam it--I did this with the shoulders, too, and I think it looks so much better. Who says you can't Kitchener cables? Then add the buttons, and it's done!
When it's done, I'll get someone to take a decent picture of me wearing it. It's going to be flattering, I swear.
Also when it's done, I'll type up my mods for all to see. I did modify the pattern pretty heavily, I must say. But I'm pleased with the results so far. The other day I caught that scene in The Holiday that inspired this sweater, and I do think mine looks better than the Cameron Diaz version. I just waded through about 50 pages of Google images looking for "Cameron Diaz sweater" "Cameron Diaz Holiday still" etc., and can't find a picture of it. That is one elusive movie still, so you're just going to have to take my word for it. My sweater looks better than hers.