Laurie M and Marie both suggested a severe blocking. A good idea that might have worked. But I was looking for a two inch spread - two inches wider and two inches longer. That would have been a stretch - I love puns - that I'm not sure I could have achieved with blocking, severe or not.
So, the question is " What makes a bulky-yarn, quick knit take so long? The answer? Starting over.
And on the 'merry widow' home front, I have wonderful people in my life. They seem to be concerned about me being alone. Nicki from knit group called last night about dinner time, just to make sure I wasn't too lonesome. Although, she did say the word lonesome and Brenda used in the same sentence made her laugh. Today, two neighbours dropped by as I worked in the garden just to make sure I was 'making out OK'. Considering it hasn't been much more than 24 hours since Fred left, I began to wonder exactly how hopeless/helpless I appear. If they had seen me tearing apart my knitting last night, they would have been really worrried.