Remember me, while at the trailer, trying to decide whether to knit the fronts by hand or leave them until at home when they could be machine knit? I hate knitting flat but doing so while on vacation would have meant being being able to claim another FO at the trailer. I chose instead, to wait.
That's where the stormy, rainy weather came in handy. Both fronts were done Sunday afternoon. I don't use my machine often and so struggle to begin anew each time I dig it out of the box. Remembering one of my knitting friends, a machine knitting expert who helped me learn the basics, always encourages me to keep trying. One day, when first learning to machine knit, I exasperatedly said to him "I could hand knit faster than this!"
"Any time you think that", he replied, "just pick up your hand knitting, and knit a row. You'll see."
So I persevere. And Sunday afternoon, it didn't take long - an hour perhaps - to re-configure my brain and knit two fronts. The ribbing was already complete, and I simply hung the stitches on the machine and knit
up the two fronts.
All other pieces wait patently for the fronts and the sewing up.
It shouldn't be long now.