In the home stretch of this sweater. It's always such a relief when the body is finished and I can move on to the sleeves. This pattern has been a delight to knit - the Yellow Brick Road Cardi. It's probably not best for an absolute beginner as it is written in sections without rows and requires some skills that are not exactly "knitting 101", but it isn't that difficult either as it is knit from the top down in one piece except for the sleeves and button section. It was great to learn the "wrap and turn" short row technique as well as remember how to make one left and make one right without looking it up every time.
The yarn is from Hickory Hills Farm in Nelson, Wisconsin. My good friend, Sarah, was given a bunch of skeins of this yarn when she worked for the farm owner. She asked me to make something for her after I knit a sweater for her daughter last year. At first I was a bit wary of this yarn because I had never used anything other than commercial before and was not exactly sure about the weight or yardage, but I have been converted. And this yarn is thick enough to keep Sarah warm through a Wisconsin winter without being too bulky.